Patients surviving heart attack treated less for depression, says a study

Patients surviving heart attack treated less for depression, says a study


People who survive a heart attack often succumb to depression but are prescribed anti-depressants less often than people who have not had a heart attack, finds a new study.

Depression and stress have long been characterized as huge risk factors for heart attack patients, but research has found that such people are often given less treatment for depression.

The study demonstrated that merely 16 percent of heart attack patients with depression received anti-depressants compared to 42 percent of people having no history of heart attack, but of depression.

The study also reveals that people who even experienced moderate levels of stress at home face a doubled risk of heart attack.

The research included 805 patients with less than 75 years of age who had experienced one heart attack and 805 people with no history of heart attack (the control group) matched for age, gender and where they lived. It was observed that more patients of heart attack than the control group suffered from stress at home (18 percent in comparison to 11 percent) and at work (42 percent versus 32 percent).

Moreover, those with a history of heart attack were more likely to get divorce whereas people from the control group quite often lived with their spouse.

People who have survived a heart attack and remain under stress are also at a risk of inciting negative feelings, such as anger.

There is no therapy for stress. Kjellstrom further said that if you are under extreme stress then you may experience exhaustion which, if not treated, can lead to depression.

The research findings were recently presented at the event called “EuroHeartCare 2016” in Athens, Greece.