Psychotherapy and Medication for Anxiety and Depression: Improving Outcomes for Heart Disease Patients, According to Study

Study finds that mental health treatment improves heart disease outcomes

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that treating mental health conditions can lead to better outcomes for heart disease. Researchers at Ohio State University found that individuals with known heart disease who received medication and psychotherapy for anxiety or depression were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital or visit an emergency room.

Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can contribute to poor sleep, restlessness, hopelessness, inactivity, substance use, and poor diet. These behaviors can either lead to chronic health conditions or worsen existing ones. Therefore, addressing mental health is crucial for overall well-being.

Dr. Mallika Marshall, an Emmy-award-winning journalist and physician, has reported extensively on health topics for over 20 years. As a practicing physician who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Marshall works at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is actively involved in caring for patients with COVID-19. She also contributes to Harvard Health Publications, the publishing arm of Harvard Medical School.

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