First off, I wanted to express how hard the Robin Williams story has been for us here at EraseDisease.com. We’ve always been huge fans, and the tragedy of his death should not be taken lightly. With that said, it’s important that we open up a discussion about some of the details of his heartbreaking story, particularly the connection between heart disease, heart surgery and depression in men.
While we like to keep things light and positive here, this story does deserve discussion, and so we begin…
According to the American Heart Association, 1 in every 3 heart attack patients ends up with depression. Depression and heart disease seem to go hand in hand. Those with depression are far more likely to have cardiovascular problems, and those with cardiovascular problems are far more likely to end up with depression. The link between heart disease and depression is there.
A heart attack can not only change your life in terms of daily habits and activity, it can greatly alter a person’s entire philosophy on life. Attitude and mood are greatly impacted, as a sense of uncertainty about the future sets in. Confidence takes a hit as fears of your role in the family began to arise; whether you will be able to work and provide for your family, whether you will be able to play with your kids or romance your wife. And then the feelings of guilt set in, as you beat yourself up for allowing your cardiovascular health to worsen.
There are a whole host of negative feelings that are associated with heart disease, and many of those feelings are kept bottled up and overrun with medical bills and doctor’s appointments. The worst thing that anyone can do after a heart attack or cardiovascular event is to bottle up those feelings and wait for the storm to pass. In 1 out of 3 cases, that storm of feeling won’t pass and depression will set it.
How To Avoid Depression Associated with Heart Disease
When you have had a cardiac event, it’s usually unexpected and terrifying. According to the American Heart Association, about 8.8 million men alive today have coronary heart disease, and 6.6 million females have coronary heart disease. Take into account that 33% of those men and women will probably end up with clinical depression.
Positivity: Here at EraseDisease.com, we do our best to maintain a positive vibe and share that positivity with our Fans. In fact, a key element in avoiding heart disease all together is positivity. In the case of avoiding depression after a heart attack, maintaining a positive attitude can help you recover quicker and avoid future heart attacks.
Medicines: Individuals who are able to maintain a positive outlook are also more likely to take their prescribed medications on time, thus lowering their risk for future cardiac events.
Talking: By simply sharing your feelings, your fears, your anxieties and stresses, you can give your mind and body the release it needs to help avoid depression.
Depression is not just a mood or an attitude that sets in for a few days and goes away. Depression is not the fault of the individual, nor is it a sign of weakness or negativity. Depression is not something you can force yourself out of, or pretend it doesn’t exit. It’s a life-altering situation that, if left untreated by a trained professional, can result in catastrophic consequences.
Depression involves changes within the brain – many times unavoidable changes within the brain due to family history, drug or alcohol abuse, or serious medical illness such as heart disease. The chemical makeup of the brain changes, which is why it’s so important to seek out help as soon as possible if you or someone you know is struggling with depression.
The most important aspect of depression to realize is that it can be treated. If you have suffered a cardiac event, or know someone who has, keep a weary eye out for the signs and symptoms of depression.