New study shows that depression and suicide risk is linked to heart disease

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In a new and groundbreaking study, researchers from Taiwan have found that people who suffered a heart disease have a higher risk for depression and suicide.

A new study has found that people with acute coronary syndrome might possible be at risk of depression and suicide.

The risk also increased with age and frequency of healthcare system use

Dr. Chao-Han Liu and his colleagues from the Institute of Applied Science and Technology in Taipei analyzed data on 41,050 people who were aged 35 or older and died from suicide between the year 2000 and 2012. They then compared it to 164,200 people who did not take their own lives.

They found that in the suicide group, the rate of acute coronary syndrome was 2.5%, as compared to 1.5% in the comparison group.

They then adjusted the results to account for other factors that influence the risk of suicide and found that people with the condition were 15% more likely to take their lives. The risk persisted for an average of 4 years, but surprisingly, the risk was 3 times higher. They also found that the risk of suicide increased with age, and the frequency of healthcare system use.

People should pay attention to the results

According to Donald Edmondson, director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, added that the data was strong enough to warrant people's attention.

While there hasn't been enough research done about depression and heart problems, medical experts have been trying to understand how to best manage depression after a heart attack. Dr. Samir Kapadia shares, "Maybe people taking care of depressed patients should also ask them about chest pain and heart problems, because they go hand in hand."

She adds that people who feel depressed after being diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome should not feel ashamed or scared to talk to their doctor about their depression.

Edmonson adds, "Even though your husband, wife or whoever had one of these events and is going to be fine in terms of cardiovascular health and longevity, they may not be able to tell you the true psychological impact it’s having."

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