Study finds that mental health treatment improves heart disease outcomes

Harvard Medical School Physician Shines Light on Importance of Addressing Mental Health for Better Heart Health Outcomes

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has shown that treating mental health conditions could lead to better outcomes for heart disease. The link between physical and mental health, particularly in relation to heart health, has been well-established. Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can contribute to poor sleep, restlessness, hopelessness, inactivity, substance use, and poor diet. These behaviors can either lead to chronic health conditions or worsen existing ones. Therefore, addressing mental health is crucial for overall well-being.

In the study conducted by Ohio State University researchers, individuals with known heart disease who received medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or visit an emergency room. The results of this study and others underscore the importance of treating mental illnesses as a means of improving overall health outcomes.

Dr. Mallika Marshall is an Emmy-award-winning journalist and physician who has been reporting on health topics for over 20 years. As a practicing physician who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Marshall works at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital where she actively involves herself in caring for patients with COVID-19. She also contributes her expertise to Harvard Health Publications, the publishing arm of Harvard Medical School by providing valuable insights into various medical conditions including mental illnesses that affect our physical as well as mental well-being.

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