Addressing Mental Health for Better Physical Health Outcomes: The Ohio State University Study Emphasizes the Connection between Anxiety, Depression, and Heart Health.

Study Finds Mental Health Treatment Can Improve Heart Disease Outcomes

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has emphasized the connection between mental and physical health, particularly when it comes to heart health. Researchers at Ohio State University analyzed over 1,500 heart disease subjects and found that those who received medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or have to visit an ER.

Dr. Mallika Marshall, an Emmy-award-winning journalist and physician who has been working on the frontlines caring for COVID-19 patients at the MGH Chelsea Urgent Care and the MGH Revere Health Center for over 20 years, is also a host and contributing editor for Harvard Health Publications (HHP), the publishing division of Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and serves on staff at Harvard Medical School.

The study highlights the impact of mental health conditions on physical health, with anxiety and depression leading to various health issues like poor sleep, restlessness, inactivity, substance use, or poor diet, all of which can exacerbate chronic health conditions. Treating these conditions can make a significant difference in overall health.

Mental health concerns should not be overlooked as they play a crucial role in maintaining overall wellness. As Dr. Marshall emphasizes, addressing mental health issues is essential to improve overall health outcomes. The study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University further supports this notion by demonstrating that medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression can have a positive impact on heart health outcomes.

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