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    Depression and Heart Disease

    Last updated 7 years ago

    According to the American Heart Association, almost 81 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease and another 19 million people experience depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. As depression takes its toll on the mind, heart disease causes issues with the heart and cardiovascular system. Interestingly enough, these two diseases could be related, scientists think.

    What is the role of depression in people with heart disease?

    Studies have shown that mental stress and depression have a negative effect on a person’s heart health. In particular:

    • Unmanaged stress can lead to high blood pressure, artery damage, irregular heart beat, and a weakened immune system.
    • One in six patients who have had a heart attack also have some form of clinical depression.
    • Patients with heart failure and depression have an increased risk of being readmitted to the hospital within three months to one year.
    • Depression is almost three times more common in patients after a heart attack than those in the general community.

    So, it seems as though depression is related to heart disease in two ways: people experiencing depression are at an increased risk for heart disease and those who have heart disease and have had a heart attack are most likely to become depressed, thereby affecting recovery.

    Help is available.

    One thing is certain — if you think you’re depressed, don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to seek help from a professional. Therapy, treatment and medication can not only brighten your mood and bring back your smile, but also help keep your heart healthy for a long time to come.

    Visit us Memorial Hospital for more information!

    Workout Wednesday: How to do a Kettle Bell Swing

    Last updated 7 years ago

    It’s Workout Wednesday! James Wiggins, manager of our HEART Fitness Center, shows you how to do a kettle bell swing. He suggests you make this a part of your regular workout. See you at the gym!

    Weight Loss Surgery Now Available to More Patients!

    Last updated 7 years ago

    According to an article published by Web MD, the FDA has given approval for Lap-Band surgery for larger group of obese patients.

    "Allergan Inc. has announced that the FDA has approved the Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding (LBAGB) System for obese adults with at least one obesity-related medical condition.

    The Lap-Band is an inflatable band that is placed around the upper part of your stomach; it helps limit the amount of food that can enter your stomach.

    The FDA's approval means Lap-Band surgery will now be available to patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher who have at least one obesity-related condition, such as diabetes.

    Previously, the Lap-Band system could only be used in adults with a BMI of at least 40 or a BMI of 35 or higher with at least one severe obesity-related medical condition."

    Read Full Article Here

    By Kelli Miller Stacy
    WebMD Health News


    Anger and Your Heart Don’t Mix

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Men who get “hot under the collar” when they are young may be more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) when they are older.

    What does research say?

    One study found young men who reacted to stress with anger were three times more likely to have CHD before age 55 than their peers who said they didn’t let stress get to them. A similar study looked at 256 men who have had heart attacks and showed those prone to anger were three times more likely to have heart attack than those who kept their cool.

    What does anger do to your body?

    Anger has serious physiological effects on the body. Besides increasing blood pressure, heart rate and adrenaline levels, all of which make your heart work harder, anger has also been shown to narrow blood vessels.

    So if you’re an angry young man, what can you do?

    The American Heart Association suggests tips to help reduce stress:

    • Count to 10 before answering or responding when you feel angry.
    • Look for the good instead of the bad.
    • Learn to accept the things you can’t control.

    Remember you’re not alone. Join a support group or seek out a mental health professional if you can’t cope on your own. Your health care provider can also give some valuable tips on controlling your anger and ways to stay calm.

    A Vascular Condition You Need to Know About

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Have you heard of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)? If not, you’re not alone. AAA is a serious vascular

    condition that is very treatable. Take a few minutes to learn more.


    How does this happen? Your aorta carries oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. The walls of the aorta are usually flexible to allow for the passages of flowing blood. However, as the body ages or conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol set in, the aorta can become weak.

    If this happens, the walls lose their shape and bulge out, creating an aneurysm.


    What increases the chances of AAA?

    Like most health problems, there are certain factors that can increase your risk for developing

    the condition. For AAA, the leading risks are:

    • Advancing age

    • Being male

    • Having high blood pressure

    • Being a smoker

    • Having a family history of AAA


    Fortunately there are steps you can take in order to lower the risk of further complications. Those diagnosed with an AAA should follow these suggestions:


    • Don’t smoke. Smoking increases the rate of aneurysm growth by 20 to 25 percent per year.


    • Control high blood pressure.

    When blood pressure levels become too high, they can greatly weaken the walls of the aorta.


    Control high cholesterol. Similar to the affects of high blood pressure, having high cholesterol only increases the chances of an aneurysm becoming a more serious health problem.


    Maintain a healthy body weight. Losing weight won’t entirely reduce the risk of an AAA. However, it may lower the risk of complications, if surgery is eventually needed.


    If you have questions about AAA, or would like to make an appointment, visit us at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville.

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