Stroke risk rises in people who develop depression after a heart attack

The study, presented April 2, 2022, at a conference of the American College of Cardiology, analyzed records from more than 495,000 patients across the United States who had a heart attack between 2015 and 2021. About 10.5% were diagnosed with depression after their heart attack. One in six of these patients had been previously diagnosed with depression or another mental health disorder, while the others received a depression diagnosis only after the heart attack.

The heart attack survivors with depression also had higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and coronary artery disease, compared with those who didn’t develop depression. In addition, the depression patients had a higher average body mass index, and more of them were smokers. But researchers found the link between depression and higher stroke risk remained even after they adjusted the comparison to account for those factors.

Research findings presented at medical conferences should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Still, this study built on evidence from earlier studies on the association between depression and stroke after heart attack. The researchers recommended that people who have had both heart disease and depression follow up regularly with their doctors.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

2 Corinthians 10:15-16 not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you, so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater;

2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Ephesians 1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, read more

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