‘Depression may promote stiffening of the heart tissue, which worsens heart failure, a study reports today.
Though there has been strong evidence that depression can lead to higher death rates from coronary heart disease, there has been less research on how symptoms of depression affect the health of people with heart failure.
The worse someone’s symptoms of depression, the stiffer his heart tissue appears to be in the new study of 880 adults by researchers from University of Maryland School of Medicine. The team will report the results today at the American Psychosomatic Society meeting in Baltimore.
A healthy heart expands and contracts like a rubber band. But when heart tissue stiffens, a process called fibrosis, the heart becomes inflexible and can’t pump blood as well.’
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