When you think about your brain, do you think about your heart?
Research indicates that there is indeed a very strong connection. If you think about it, you know that your heart beats faster when you are anxious or frightened. Heart rate also increases with exercise and for many, that exercise clears their head.
It turns out there is more to the head-heart connection. Untreated depression worsens the prognosis after a heart attack and/or congestive heart failure, and it does this by causing changes to blood vessels that make them stiffer. Research shows that using an antidepressant can decrease some of these changes even if it doesn’t help mood.
So, how do you protect your heart? Controlling body weight, eating a healthy diet that limits saturated fats, exercising 30minutes per day, incorporating pleasurable activities that may include relaxation and mindfulness, and staying on all of your medications and taking them as directed. You will find that treating your psychological state helps your heart and treating your heart makes your mood better.
We are here to help you with that process. Feel free to ask your prescriber or therapist about this. We are glad to help you improve your health!