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Tag: cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular Mortality Rates Vary by Geography

It’s a testament to modern medicine that death rates from heart disease around the nation have been cut in half, yet new research sheds light on the wide disparities in cardiovascular death rates depending on geography. Using death certificate data, a research group led by University of Washington Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Gregory Roth conducted the most comprehensive analysis of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases in history.

Their findings indicated that cardiovascular death rates have been cut in half since 1980, though cardiovascular disease still represents the cause of death in the United States. In 2014, for instance, cardiovascular diseases accounted for more than 846,000 deaths, according to the research, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Dangerous Correlations: Cardio Disease & Depression/Anxiety

Psychiatric disorders and symptoms like depression and anxiety are not only pervasive and persistent, but they also have gravely negative impacts on functioning, quality of life, and the cardiovascular health—the latter of which has recently been studied, including the physiologic and health behavior mechanisms that mediate the relationship.

Studies indicate that patients with heart disease show very high rates of depressive and anxiety disorders: the prevalence rates are significantly higher than those in the general population. Research further demonstrates that depression and anxiety are not merely rapid or transient responses to severe cardiac symptoms or events, but rather continuous and consistent. For most cardiac patients, anxiety remains a common problem. Read more