It’s the first time research has shown a connection between depression and heart health. A study from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles says that depression can raise your risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm that’s been linked to stroke and heart failure.
Researchers followed more than 6,600 participants in a long-term, multi-ethnic study and found the risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third for people who either reported symptoms of depression or had been prescribed antidepressants. That increased risk persisted during a decade-long follow-up period even after controlling for other known risk factors like smoking, obesity and high blood pressure.
The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association.