Psychological stress increases death rate from heart disease…If you think about it, it makes sense. But now we have more solid research to back it up.
The association between the heart and the mind has been proposed by scientists since the 17th century.
However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the relationship between heart disease and psychological states came into scientific focus.
The study of heart-psyche interactions started with researchers looking at the behaviors associated with “Type A” personalities, which are identified as:
- A sense of time urgency
- An intense achievement drive and the constant need for recognition.
Hundreds of studies generated over the last 10 years have yielded an extensive body of literature about this complex interaction.
Researchers have concluded that psychological distress has a significant negative impact on patients with heart disease. In fact, psychological stress increases the death rate from heart disease.
But what is surprising is how often it’s ignored or not recognized at all by physicians.
Now, years of unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity, coupled with pre-existing or co-existing conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, have resulted in an unprecedented number of cardiac events such as heart attacks and strokes.
The World Health Organization has emphasized that Cardiovascular Disease continues to be the leading cause of death globally…more than 2,000 deaths a day.
Primary care physicians and cardiovascular specialists are strongly being called upon to improve their recognition of psychological distress signals from their patients and to recognize that psychological stress increases the death rate from heart disease.
➡ Then to follow up by making the necessary referrals for proper diagnosis and treatment.
But, I urge you personally to discuss your mental health status with your physicians, particularly as it pertains to how you are dealing with your diagnosis.
The final responsibility for our health is on us. Take charge of your outcomes.