The Pandemic’s Toll on the Heart

The pandemic has worsened depression and anxiety among 4,633 patients surveyed by a Utah health system.
 
Almost 40% of the patients completing a standard screening survey at Intermountain Healthcare health system reported symptoms of depression that were either new or continuing, ABC4 reports.

Researchers also linked depression to increased emergency room visits for anxiety and chest pain, according to an Intermountain Healthcare statement.
 
The Quote: “We already know that depression raises a person’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease and other chronic health problems,” said Heidi T. May, cardiovascular epidemiologist and study principal investigator, “so this is very concerning and highlights the importance of screening patients and providing mental health resources that they need.”
 
The study’s findings were presented Saturday at the American Heart Association scientific session.

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