Join the dots: heart health & mental health
Updated: Jul 7
Improving one area of your health can have a significant impact on many other areas. That's the the idea behind our 'join the dots' concept we so often refer to. In referring to this concept, we are trying to demonstrate to you how many areas of your health are interconnected! We know that by improving your risk factors in one area, you are likely reducing them in another area too. Today we'll join the dots between heart health and mental health.
For starters, research shows that heart health and mental health are interconnected - by lowering stress levels we can also lower blood pressure, which has also has a positive impact on heart health.
Decades of research has revealed several, and sometimes surprising, links between heart health and mental health. Some have even suggested that both may cause one another.
Here are some more links worth noting:
Anxiety is associated with a 41% higher risk of developing heart disease
When compared to non-depressed individuals, depressed patients have a 2-4 fold increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.
The brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ in the body. A 2010 study found that low levels of HDL cholesterol (the good type of cholesterol) is linked to long-term depressive symptoms.
Most of us are probably aware that too much stress isn't a good thing. But what exactly is the impact of stress on our heart?
Studies have linked stress to changes in the way blood forms clots, which makes a heart attack more likely.
In addition to this, research has found that men who report high levels of stress are twice as likely to die of a stroke compared to those reporting low stress levels.
When it comes to mental health (and heart health!) we need to work to stay ahead of the curve. It is estimated that 45% of the population will experience diagnosed depression of anxiety in their lifetime. This was before COVID-19. We absolutely expect this statistic to rise. Mental fitness is more important than ever.
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