SOURCE: Long Island Heart Associates

Long Island Heart Associates

August 18, 2015 12:32 ET

Depression and Heart Disease Are Linked, Especially in Adolescents and Teenagers

MINEOLA, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 18, 2015) - The American Heart Association declared in a recent statement: "Major depressive disorder predisposes youth to accelerated early cardiovascular disease." Long Island cardiology practice, Long Island Heart Associates (LI Heart), studies causes of heart disease and strives to teach prevention. Addressing the recent finding, LI Heart encourages teens and adults to seek help for depression and take preventative measures for lower heart disease risk.

There are several explanations for the depression and heart disease correlation. Many individuals with depression do not follow through with necessary medications, proper diet, or exercise. Continuous feelings of sadness and stress may elevate blood pressure, eventually leading to chronic hypertension. Depression may also encourage smoking, unhealthy sleep habits, and an unbalanced diet. The research on the connection is limited, but the numbers are proven to be correct.

"Major depression affects nearly nine percent of U.S. adolescents," says Dr. Benjamin Goldstein from Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center.

This large percentage alarms cardiologists -- and parents -- nationwide. Only about one-third of teens with depression seek help and receive a proper diagnosis, according to psychiatrist Dr. Kalman Heller.

Parents must learn the signs of depression. LI Heart also suggest setting reasonable expectations for children, a supportive environment, validation of their emotions, and rewarding of positive behavior. Prevention is always key; it is always easier to prevent than to treat.

"It's important to address every ailment -- physical or mental. If every individual received regular physical checkups and spoke to a professional about any personal psychological problems, the amount of people living with heart disease would decrease," says Steven Shayani, medical director and cardiologist at LI Heart. "Heart disease is a progressive condition and needs to be prevented as early as the late teens. It's never too early."

With six locations on Long Island, LI Heart specializes in cardiovascular diseases, echo-cardiology, nuclear cardiology, interventional cardiology, and electrophysiology. LI Heart is home to revolutionary equipment to diagnose cardiovascular conditions accurately and quickly. LI Heart cardiologists aim to improve quality of life and find conditions in early stages.

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Contact Information

  • Steven S. Shayani, MD, FACC, FASNC
    Long Island Heart Associates
    200 Old Country Road #278
    Mineola, NY 11501
    (516) 858-2323