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Mental health disorders leading to hospital visit may increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People hospitalized or treated in an emergency room for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health disorders may have an increased risk for stroke, new data suggest.

Researchers, who presented their findings Thursday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, said psychiatric […]

People with bleeding stroke at higher risk of depression, dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — People who have brain bleeds — the most lethal form of stroke — are at significantly higher risk of developing depression and dementia, according to research released Wednesday.

Previous studies of depression and stroke have focused on ischemic stroke that’s caused by blockages in […]

Parents of kids with heart defects at risk for PTSD, other mental health issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Parents of children with critical congenital heart defects are at high risk for mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, according to a new study.

Researchers who reviewed published data from 10 countries found that up to 30 percent of parents of […]

People with acute coronary syndrome at increased risk of suicide

By AMERICAN HEART ASOCIATION NEWS

People with acute coronary syndrome — a condition in which the heart’s blood supply is suddenly blocked —  have a higher risk of suicide, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers identified 41,050 people 35 years or older in the […]

Common high blood pressure meds affect mood disorders

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four common blood pressure medications may impact mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder, according to a new study.

“Mental health is under-recognized in hypertension clinical practice, and the possible impact of antihypertensive drugs on mental health is an area that physicians should be aware […]

Long-term depression may double stroke risk despite treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Persistent depression may double the risk of stroke in adults over 50 — and stroke risk remains higher even after symptoms of depression go away, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Our findings suggest that depression may increase stroke risk over […]

May 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Traumatic events, financial struggles may threaten women’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Traumatic life events such as the death of a loved one or life-threatening illness increased the chances of a heart attack by more than 65 percent among middle-aged and older women regardless of heart disease risk factors or socioeconomic status, according to research that was published […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Depression raises risk of poor outcomes for blacks with heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Among black heart failure patients, moderate depression may increase the risk of being hospitalized or dying, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

Comparing outcomes of 747 blacks to 1,420 whites with heart failure using a patient-reported scale of depressive symptoms, researchers […]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

‘Perfect storm’ of stress, depression may raise risk of death, heart attack for heart patients

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The combination of stress and heavy depression can significantly increase heart patient’s risk of death or heart attack, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

The study examined the effect of high stress levels and high depressive symptoms among […]

March 10th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Depression predicts disturbed sleep among stroke survivors

Depression is a powerful predictor of nighttime sleep disturbances among stroke survivors, according to research presented at the Nursing Symposium of the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Sleep disturbances – the duration and time intervals of nighttime sleep, the frequency of waking after sleep onset, and daytime sleepiness […]