Last updated: Apr 05, 2008
Depressed people are more likely to have other risk factors that can contribute to heart disease. They are more prone to smoke, less likely to pay attention to diet and exercise, and more likely to neglect their prescribed medicationsall serious risk factors for heart disease.
Emotional State Affects Heart
Situation—and hormones—can trigger the blues Watch video
"You feel that your life has changed dramaticallyyour own mortality is slapped in your face," says Bill Valvo, 60, of Newport News, Va., who suffers from heart disease and has had bypass surgery. "And then depression sets in. It's like a well. It gets darker and deeper and if you don't get help, you're not getting out."