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Study finds that mental health treatment improves heart disease outcomes


Apr 3, 2024

A recent study suggests that treating mental health conditions could lead to better outcomes for heart disease. The link between physical and mental health has been well-established, particularly in relation to heart health. Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can contribute to poor sleep, restlessness, hopelessness, inactivity, substance use, and poor diet. These behaviors can either lead to chronic health conditions or worsen existing ones. Therefore, addressing mental health is crucial for overall well-being.

In the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers at Ohio State University found that individuals with known heart disease who received medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or visit an emergency room. The results of this study and others underscore the importance of treating mental illnesses as a means of improving overall health outcomes.

Dr. Mallika Marshall, an Emmy-award-winning journalist and physician, has reported extensively on health topics for over 20 years. As a practicing physician who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Marshall works at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is actively involved in caring for patients with COVID-19. She also contributes to Harvard Health Publications, the publishing arm of Harvard Medical School.

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