New Study Finds Association Between Mild Depression And Heart Disease


Physical symptoms can be a sign of mental and emotional health concerns.

 Science is continuing to make advances and discover things how depression and other mental illness interacts with the rest of the body.  A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology discovered that mild depression is linked as an early indicator of heart disease.

In America, Western medicinal practice has traditionally theorized the supposed split between body, mind, and soul which has often led to treating symptoms rather than systemic problems.  However, now science is discovering more interconnectedness between all the different spheres of our being.  We know that one’s diet can influence mood for better or worse.  We also know that activity level and community engagement can also affect our ability to combat depression.

Connecting Body and Mind

This recent study linking mild depression and early indicators for heart disease continues the trend of discovering the interconnectedness within our bodies.  According to the study, researchers from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta found that nearly 20% of people who had experienced a heart attack also reported symptoms of depression.  The report also found an inverse relationship between heart disease and depression where patients with diagnosed heart disease were three times as likely to develop some form of depression.

That’s huge and, hopefully, gives us even more incentive to find some way to exercise and maybe even eat a little bit healthier.  The research is telling us what we really already know: we need to stay active and healthy physically, and that in turn will affect us with positive mental health.

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  You can choose to start taking small steps today, literally and figuratively, towards to new you this year.  That may mean taking an extra lap around the block a few times a week or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  Take a break from sitting at your desk and walk outside for 10 minutes.  Like we said before, and we’ll say it again, success breeds success.

That’s what we’re all about at the PTI: your success, because that means we’re successful.  We know that a positive environment leads to more positive decisions.  That’s why we care about how our office looks and the client experience when someone walks into the office is our top priority.  We want our place of business to be as enjoyable and pleasant for you to visit as possible.  More than anything else, we want to treat you right, with dignity, and respect.  We believe that everyone deserves the best, especially those who are often treated poorly.  We won’t stand for that and are ready to go the extra mile with you and for you!

If you’re ready to jump on board, consider going an extra mile, literally this week.  What if every step counts towards achieving your optimal state of health?  We’d like to encourage you to pursue your best because you deserve it and you deserve to have the best team in your corner.  What if this year could be the best year that you’ve had in a long time?  What would it take to get there?  If improving mental health is part of that, whether it’s anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar, or any other type of illness, we want you to know that we’re ready to partner with you to get to where you want to be.