Study finds that mental health treatment improves heart disease outcomes

Addressing Mental Health Key to Reducing Heart Disease Readmissions, Study Finds

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association highlights the importance of addressing mental health conditions in heart disease patients. Conducted by researchers at Ohio State University, the study examined over 1,500 subjects with known heart disease and found that those who received medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or visit an emergency room.

Dr. Mallika Marshall, an Emmy-award-winning journalist and physician, has been working on the frontlines caring for patients with COVID-19 at MGH Chelsea Urgent Care and the MGH Revere Health Center for over 20 years. She is also a host and contributing editor for Harvard Health Publications. As a practicing physician board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, she emphasizes the importance of addressing mental health as a way to improve overall health outcomes, including heart disease management.

Physical and mental health are closely linked, especially when it comes to heart health. Anxiety and depression can lead to poor sleep, restlessness, hopelessness, inactivity, substance use, and poor diet choices, which can either cause chronic health conditions or worsen existing ones. By treating mental health conditions, individuals can improve their overall health outcomes and better manage their heart disease.

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