Depression causes arrhythmia, strokes and death

Are depressed people most at risk of fatal strokes and premature death, the study showed. These dangers are due to arrhythmia.

It is well known that chronically elevated levels of stress and depression have a negative impact on various aspects of human health. And now a new study by scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark showed that staying depressed people are more likely to face the risk of arrhythmias or arrhythmias that can provoke strokes and premature death. And arrhythmias cause no antidepressants. In contrast, drugs of this group reduce the average risk of disorders in the heart.

Danish scientists watched 785 254 patients who took medications from the category of antidepressants in the period from 2000 to 2013. It turned out that if those who regularly used these medications, the risk of arrhythmia by the time the last month of treatment was increased 3.18 times, those who did not take these tablets, it was higher at 7.65 times. Scientists themselves explain the link between depression and arrhythmias existing a stable connection between brain and heart. Observations show that antidepressants can significantly reduce this danger. For example, 6 months after the end of treatment, the risk of arrhythmia is increased 1.37 times, and 6-12 months – a total of 1.11 times.

“The science is well known that there is a connection between brain and heart, – say the researchers. – Depression can predict the development of coronary artery disease and the poor prognosis of these patients. Our study answered the question of whether depression is also with arterial fibrillation or arrhythmia. We found that by themselves, antidepressants do not cause the development of arrhythmias. So, if you have depression, there’s no reason to worry that taking antidepressants will trigger the arrhythmia”. (READ MORE)