Depression is a common mental illness in today’s society and it affects almost everyone at some point. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 5% of the adult population worldwide suffers from depression. And now, a recent study has concluded that antidepressants and drugs for mental illness can prove deadly for heart patients. These drugs triple the risk of premature death in heart patients, according to research.
When a person is under a lot of stress for a long time, they become depressed. After that, he takes antidepressants. The results of this study have been published in the journal of the European Society of Cardiology, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
According to the World Health Organization, around 28 million people worldwide suffer from depression, with women being more vulnerable to depression than men. In addition, depression is more common in older people than in adults.
Dr Pernille Fevejle Kromhout, from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, the lead author of the study, said: “Our study found that the use of psychotropic drugs in cardiac patients is very common.”
Since all three cardiac patients have symptoms of anxiety, it is important that cardiac patients are routinely screened for psychosis.
He also said it’s important to remember that prescribing psychotropic drugs to a heart patient can increase the risk of death. However, further research is needed to
determine whether the high mortality rate is due to psychotropic drugs or mental illness. Previous research has linked worsening anxiety symptoms in heart patients to an increased risk of poor health and even death.
A total of 12,913 heart patients with ischemic heart disease, heart failure or arrhythmia were included in the study.
Upon discharge, all of these patients were asked to complete a questionnaire and were graded on the hospital’s Anxiety and Depression Scale based on scores of
eight or more in terms of anxiety symptoms.
Six months before their hospitalization, information on these people taking antidepressants or psychiatric drugs was collected from the national register. Their deaths were under investigation for a year after they were released from hospital.
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