It’s an unfortunate reality that heart failure rates in the UK are hitting an alarming high. Over 900,000 people across Britain have been affected by the trauma and aftermath that comes with heart failure – a figure deemed by Professor John Cleland a “modern epidemic”. Why are these figures so high? The answer lays in our lifestyles and complacency to dietary control but that’s a topic for another time. The latest study by the European Society of Cardiology has strongly suggested that patients who are recovering from heart failure who then fall into strong depression are “more than likely” to suffer a fatality within a year of their initial symptoms.
This is both startling and worrying, not only for people who may be in this situation but their loved ones and of course, the doctors and psychologists who will be working to rehabilitate them. The state of mental health treatment in the UK is frankly lacking and it’s shocking that in 2015 we are only now making evident strides in eradicating the shameful taboos that come with anxiety and depression. Cardiacare implore anybody suffering in silence seek therapy or medication as soon as possible, this is not something you need to live with.
Heart failure comes as a result of a weak or stiff heart muscle struggling to maintain regular pumping of the blood. The patient will then experience extreme tiredness and shortness of breath leading to, in most cases, a drop in quality of life should they recover. This significant lifestyle change affects people in different ways but the study suggests that mild to severe depression is more likely to occur “in the 300 days that follow” the attack.
Thankfully this study has sparked intrigue and The British Heart Foundation has assured the public they are aware of the issues that depression can cause in extreme cases. If you have been affected by this issue we strongly recommend you seek out help immediately.
The original report on this story can be read over here at the BBC.