February is American Heart Month, a time set aside to raise awareness of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men, so it’s very important to be aware of how to take care our hearts. And while most people think of physical ways to care for their heart—proper diet, exercise, and getting enough rest—the fact is, your mental health can play a large role in your heart health as well.
Research has shown that the biological and chemical factors that trigger mental health issues could also influence heart disease. Many forms of mental health issues can affect heart health, but depression and anxiety are especially detrimental. Findings from a recent study showed that the combination of anxiety and depression could be an important factor in the development of heart disease. The authors of the study even suggest evaluating the mental health of all heart disease patients.
The connection between the head and the heart is very powerful and should never be ignored. If you are concerned about your anxiety levels, depression or other mental health issues, contact a Orange County psychiatrist and make an appointment. The results could be not only life-changing, but life-saving.