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Would it be possible for depression to lead to cardiovascular diseases?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

There is so called broken heart syndrome-which is a temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of loved one etc.
The condition was originally called takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Today, it's also referred to as stress cardiomyopathy, stress-induced cardiomyopathy. Yes, it can happen vice versa-just like my other colleagues reffering here.

In brief: Possible

There is so called broken heart syndrome-which is a temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of loved one etc.
The condition was originally called takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Today, it's also referred to as stress cardiomyopathy, stress-induced cardiomyopathy. Yes, it can happen vice versa-just like my other colleagues reffering here.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, absolutely

Yes, this can happen not only for psychosocial reasons, but also from mechanistic ones.
Research studies show that depressed people have exaggerated platelet reactivity -- and this can also lead to vascular damage and thrombosis. Also, depressed people have higher inflammatory cytokines that play a role in atherosclerosis. Other inflammatory markers like c-reactive protein are elevated too.

In brief: Yes, absolutely

Yes, this can happen not only for psychosocial reasons, but also from mechanistic ones.
Research studies show that depressed people have exaggerated platelet reactivity -- and this can also lead to vascular damage and thrombosis. Also, depressed people have higher inflammatory cytokines that play a role in atherosclerosis. Other inflammatory markers like c-reactive protein are elevated too.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dep.

It can go both ways also treatment for depression can affect the cardiovascular system.

In brief: Dep.

It can go both ways also treatment for depression can affect the cardiovascular system.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Robert Binford
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Indirectly?

Depression can lead to poor life choice which could predispose you to CAD in the future like smoking, over eating, not exercising.
There have studies which show patients who develop depression after heart surgery have higher complication and death rate. I think the same holds for heart attacks too. I put most of my patients on antidepression meds after surgery.

In brief: Indirectly?

Depression can lead to poor life choice which could predispose you to CAD in the future like smoking, over eating, not exercising.
There have studies which show patients who develop depression after heart surgery have higher complication and death rate. I think the same holds for heart attacks too. I put most of my patients on antidepression meds after surgery.
Dr. Robert Binford
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Yes and vice versa

Anxiety, depression and certainly personality traits, such as type a can contribute to increased risk and worse prognosis for cardiovascular disease (cvd) which can increase risk for comorbid depression and anxiety.
For further discussion see: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/cardiovasculardiseasemoodcognitive.Asp.

In brief: Yes and vice versa

Anxiety, depression and certainly personality traits, such as type a can contribute to increased risk and worse prognosis for cardiovascular disease (cvd) which can increase risk for comorbid depression and anxiety.
For further discussion see: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/cardiovasculardiseasemoodcognitive.Asp.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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