Dr. Laurence Sperling explains that depression is situational and biological (:46)
"It's important to identify them because we can make a difference in these individuals."
Laurence S. Sperling, MD, founder and director of Preventive Cardiology at the Emory Clinic in Atlanta, shares the many measurable ways a heart attack can affect your emotional state. Depression affects the heart in many ways, both before and after heart disease. It can disrupt the hearts rhythm, encourage inflammation and blood clots, and bathe the body in stress hormones that can raise blood pressure and harden arteries. People with blocked coronary arteries have reduced blood flow to the heart, but they can also have blockage in the arteries in their brain making them vulnerable to strokes.