It's well-known that having high cholesterol and being obese are two top risk factors for cardiovascular disease. As it turns out, depression is as big a risk factor, according to a study published in the journal Atherosclerosis.
“There's little doubt that depression is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases,” explained researcher Karl-Heinz Ladwig. “The question now is: What's the relationship between depression and other risk factors like tobacco smoke, high cholesterol levels, obesity or hypertension - how big a role does each factor play?”
To answer this question, a team of German researchers looked at data from 3,428 male participants between the ages of 45 and 74 years over a period of 10 years and compared the impact of depression on cardiovascular disease with the four main risk factors. Here's what they found…
Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer throughout the world
According to statistics, cardiovascular disease accounts for about one in three deaths in America.
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increases the risk of heart attack fourfold.
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Study finds that accounts for around 15% of deaths from cardiovascular disease
After comparing the impact of depression
on cardiovascular disease to the impact of smoking, high cholesterol
and high blood pressure
, the researchers came to the conclusion that depression
accounts for roughly 15% of deaths from cardiovascular disease.
“That’s comparable to the other risk factors, such as hypercholesterolemia, obesity
and smoking,” said Ladwig. These risk factors cause 8.4% to 21.4% of deaths from cardiovascular disease, the researchers noted.
“Our investigation shows that the risk of a fatal cardiovascular disease due to depression is almost as great as that due to elevated cholesterol
levels or obesity,” Ladwig added. The researchers found that only smoking and high blood pressure
were associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
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