Psychosocial health considers a number of mental illness such as anxiety and depression, and relates to an individual’s perceptions, emotions and behaviours.
Anxiety, depression and heart disease are common conditions that can often occur together. Research indicates that there is a relationship between these three conditions and it is important that they are addressed as they can impact on your recovery of you have had a cardiac event.
There is now evidence to show that depression can be as a big risk factor for heart disease as smoking or high blood pressure
Depression can also affect the recovery of people with heart disease and increase their risk of further problems
People with depression have also found to be more likely to smoke or to have diabetes
Those with depression (due to the effect it has on the individual) are generally poorer at taking their prescribed medication
Anxiety is also a risk factor for heart attacks and other heart-related conditions
Many people with anxiety also have depression
People who are socially isolated or do not have quality social support are also at greater risk of developing heart disease
Stressful life events such as losing a loved one or prolonged stress due to pressures at work are linked to increased risk of heart disease