Heart stress and Depression- A lifestyle Biomarker

Sunfox Technologies

Posted on - April 27, 2021

Heart stress and Depression are vital biomarkers to measure and identify the health and lifestyle. Continuous heart stress and depression may lead to decrease in the oxygen to the heart increase the chances of heart stroke.

Depression is a condition that comes with several cognitive and biological symptoms, that may include low mood, negative cognition, diet disturbance, and in severe cases can lead to negative thoughts provoking towards doing something harmful. People with depression or stress always feel low and are not in any good condition to make healthy choices as they are so engrossed in their situation. It won’t be surprising if a person suffering from depression or has stress losses interest in activities or may feel worthless and is filled with inappropriate guilt.

The body’s response is to protect you from stress but if it is constant it has harmful effects. The hormone cortisol is related to depression and if it stays high over a long period it can increase blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol affecting the heart. Therefore monitoring heart health becomes crucial, Spandan is one such portable ECG device that is designed to help patients monitor their heart health and take required actions.

Depression and heart stress affects lifestyles, the factors that are affected include, physical activity, diet, sleep, smoking, screen time. A depressed person responds to stressful situations by eating as it relaxes them, reaching out to unhealthy food often becomes a habit affecting the health of the person. One starts smoking or gets too much involved in drinking affecting the heart and the lifestyle. Depression increases anxiety which in the severe case leads to anxiety attacks, it affects the heart and increases the chances of having cardiovascular disease, thus becomes a harmful condition which not only affects the body but the entire lifestyle of the person.

How to improve lifestyle if you have depression or feel stressed often.

  • Identify the cause of stress and anxiety and try to address it.
  • Talk to someone, express your thoughts.
  • Choose healthy habits
  • Try changing to healthy habits and avoid alcohol and smoking

References:

Dhar, Arup K., and David A. Barton. "Depression and the link with cardiovascular disease." Frontiers in psychiatry 7 (2016): 33. Dimsdale, Joel E. "Psychological stress and cardiovascular disease." Journal of the American College of Cardiology 51.13 (2008): 1237-1246.