According to a recent medical research, heart failure increases the risk of death in patients who are also suffering from severe or even moderate depression.
Heart failure is a medical condition, often life-threatening, in which the heart is not able to pump sufficient blood in the body.
Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, tiredness, dizzy spells and swollen ankles.
The new study was conducted by a team of scientists from the United Kingdom and showed that patients who suffer from heart failure have an increased risk of death.
John Cleland, professor at Imperial College London and one of the researchers involved in the study, explained that about 25% of the patients who come to the hospital because of heart failure are readmitted within a months due to various other health reasons.
Professor Cleland added that within approximately one year, most heart failure patients are readmitted and almost half of them die because of the condition.
The new study led by professor Cleland wanted to determine the main reasons and factors behind the patients’ readmission to the hospital and why so many of them die.
The researchers talked about the new study and its findings, saying that it revealed the causes of hospitalization and death as being of social, mental and physical nature.
According to the study’s findings, depression has been linked to predicting death in patients suffering from heart failure.
The team of researchers analyzed more than 150 patients with heart failure and found that those who also suffered from moderate to severe cases of depression have a five times higher risk of dying, compared to the heart failure patients who did not suffer or only suffered from mild depression.
The study’s results stood even when the researchers took into account other important factors, like age, high blood pressure or the severity of the patients’ heart failure condition.
Professor Cleland said of the study that it shows a strong association between depression and the patients who die of heart failure.
According to him, patients with heart failure often suffer from depression as well; 20% to 40% of the heart failure patients also have depression, the study revealed.
Some of the symptoms of depression include loss of motivation, lack of interest in daily activities, a lower quality of life, loss of self confidence, sleep problems and loss of appetite.
Professor Cleland concluded his study writing that patients who suffer from both heart failure and depression must recognize and manage the latter in order to reduce mortality.
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