Does being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder put us at risk for developing cardiovascular disease?
Recent clinical studies have shown that there is in fact a correlation between Major Depressive Disorder and Coronary Heart Disease. Those that have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder are at a much higher risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease, accompanied by a higher mortality rate. Research has shown that 15-20% of those who experience a myocardial infarction met the criteria for having Major Depressive Disorder.
The tricky part lies in determining if one condition is a primary trigger for the other.