According to the American Heart Association, depressed and bipolar teens might be at risk for developing heart disease, as it appears that there is a link between these condition that goes beyond the adverse effects of the medication prescribed in such cases.
The American Heart Association has conducted a massive survey among teenagers that had over 7,000 participants and the results convey that there is a link between Major Depression (MD), Bipolar Disorder (BD) and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD).
They analysis of the results revealed that teens who were battling depression or bipolar disease displayed a wide range of symptoms that predispose to cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Furthermore, taking into consideration that the vast majority of the study participants were actually not on any medication for their conditions, the adverse effects of the drugs cannot account for the predisposing factors.
The result of the American study were corroborated by a prior medical insurance research study conducted in Taiwan on more that one million subjects. Given the immense proportions of this study, it is capable of offering a detailed general picture on this particular association between these psychological disorders and cardiovascular disease.
The Taiwanese study was not focused on teens however, it has participants of all ages, but its results pointed out that teens were actually a risk group for IDH. This study found quite a significant link between depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and cardiovascular disease, that concerned people of all ages, but especially teens.
Despite the fact that further research needs to be conducted, the American Heart Association has issued an official statement, meant to make people aware of the important implications of psychological disorders, thus raising awareness for the necessity for preventing them.
“The central goal of this statement is to position [MD and BD] alongside other pediatric diseases previously identified as moderate risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD)”, said the American Heart Association officials.
The greatest implication of psychological disorders such as MD or BD is that they are capable of changing the entire lifestyle of a person. Thus, elements such as a sedentary lifestyle due to a desire to reduce social contact, an increased amount of stress and the general negative state of mind seem to affect people more than it was ever believed that they do.
It remains to be seen if future research will be able able to establish a cause and effect relationship between MD and BD and IDH, but for the moment, preventing these psychological diseases and conducting a correct and complete treatment for the initial stages of the disease seems to be the priority, so as to prevent serious somatic complications.
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