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Study Finds Mental Health Treatment Can Improve Heart Disease Outcomes

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Apr 3, 2024

Research shows a strong connection between physical and mental health, particularly when it comes to heart health. Anxiety and depression can lead to various health issues like poor sleep, restlessness, inactivity, substance use, or poor diet, all of which can exacerbate chronic health conditions. The impact of mental health conditions on physical health is significant and treating these conditions can make a difference.

A recent study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, analyzed over 1,500 heart disease subjects. The study found that those who received medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or have to visit an ER. This study, along with others, emphasizes the importance of addressing mental health concerns to improve overall health.

Mallika Marshall, MD, is an Emmy-award-winning journalist and physician who has been the HealthWatch Reporter for CBS Boston/WBZ-TV for over 20 years. Dr. Marshall is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, serving on staff at Harvard Medical School and practicing at Massachusetts General Hospital. She currently works on the frontlines caring for COVID-19 patients at the MGH Chelsea Urgent Care and the MGH Revere Health Center. Additionally, Dr. Marshall is a host and contributing editor for Harvard Health Publications (HHP), the publishing division of Harvard Medical School.

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