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Treating Mental Health Conditions Critical for Heart Disease Patients: Study Finds

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 4, 2024
Study finds that mental health treatment improves heart disease outcomes

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association highlights the importance of treating mental health conditions in heart disease patients. Researchers at Ohio State University examined over 1,500 subjects with known heart disease and found that those who received medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or visit an emergency room.

Physical and mental health are closely linked, especially when it comes to heart health. Anxiety and depression can lead to poor sleep, restlessness, hopelessness, inactivity, substance use, and poor diet choices, which can either cause chronic health conditions or worsen existing ones. Dr. Mallika Marshall, an Emmy-award-winning journalist and physician who has been working on the frontlines caring for patients with COVID-19 at MGH Chelsea Urgent Care and the MGH Revere Health Center for over 20 years, emphasizes this connection between physical and mental health.

“Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression can have a significant impact on a person’s overall health,” says Dr. Marshall. “It’s crucial that we address these conditions in order to improve outcomes for heart disease patients.” As a practicing physician board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics serving on staff at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, she has seen firsthand the positive impact that addressing mental health can have on overall health outcomes.

By Samantha Nguyen

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