Over half living with heart and circulatory diseases have experienced sadness, anxiety and depression

August 16, 2019

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: July 2019

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Survey suggests that more than half of people living with heart and circulatory diseases have experienced feelings related to anxiety or depression, but many are not getting the help they need.

The survey involving almost 5,000 people living with conditions such as a heart attack, stroke and heart failure, found that 58% of respondents living with heart and circulatory diseases had reported feeling sad, down or depressed.

It also found that 59% had experienced feelings of anxiety, and fear or uncertainty about the future.

If these results were representative of the 7.4 million in the UK living with the daily burden of heart and circulatory diseases, this would mean that around four million of those may have experienced these feelings at some stage.

Parallel has revealed that less than half of all cardiac rehabilitation programmes – which offer exercise and information sessions to help people following a heart attack, heart surgery or procedure – have staff designated to mental health management.

And, according to further analysis of patient data by us, more than one in three (37%) working age adults in the UK living with coronary heart disease have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression by their GP, up from 30% a decade earlier. Around 4 in 10 (41%) working age stroke survivors have also been diagnosed with anxiety or depression by their GP. A decade earlier, this figure was 33%. Coronary heart disease, which can cause a heart attack, and stroke are two of the most common types of heart and circulatory disease in the UK.

The BHF is now urging the NHS and Governments across the UK to ensure that emotional and psychological support is a core consideration in the care and support provided to everyone affected by heart and circulatory diseases. In the BHF’s latest strategy, the nation’s heart charity is calling for everyone to receive the support they need to make a good recovery and live free from the fear of these conditions.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation

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Depression associated with 5-fold increased mortality risk in heart failure patients

June 11, 2015

Source: European Society of Cardiology

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Moderate to severe depression is associated with a 5-fold increased risk of all cause mortality in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2015. The results from OPERA-HF show that risk was independent of comorbidities and severity of heart failure. Patients who were not depressed had an 80% lower mortality risk.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: European Society of Cardiology


Secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in older adults

December 16, 2013

Source: Circulation, 2013, 128 (22), p.2422-2446

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Best practice

In a nutshell: This scientific statement published by the American Heart Association gives an overview of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in older adults, and discusses areas such as hypertension management, psychosocial issues and lifestyle therapy.

Length of publication: 28 pages

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Acknowledgement: American Heart Association


Bridging the transition from hospital to home: effects of the VITAL telehealth program

December 16, 2013

Source: Research in Nursing & Health, 2013, 36 (6), p. 540-553

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Date of publication: December 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The VITAL telehealth program was a randomised controlled trial to determine whether telehealth reduced the levels of anxiety and depression in patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and their caregivers. Female caregivers had a greater decrease in anxiety than those receiving standard care, and both male and female caregivers experienced a greater decrease in depressive symptoms.

Length of publication: 14 pages

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Failure to deal with long-term health problems ‘costs NHS £13bn a year’

February 14, 2012

Source: The Guardian

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new report published by the King’s Fund: ‘Longterm conditions and mental health – the cost of co-morbidities’ has found that those suffering with conditions such as heart disease are two to three times more likely to suffer mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, costing up to 45% more to treat. The King’s Fund states that there has been a failure in identifying problems and providing support. Mental health provision should not be ‘tacked on to physical care’ but should play an integral part. It warns that the number of people with co-morbid longterm physical and mental health problems is expected to rise by a third over the next decade. The report makes a number of recommendations to improve integration between chronic disease management, primary care services and mental health support.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: The King’s Fund


All you have to do is call; a pilot study to improve the outcomes of patients with coronary artery disease

August 13, 2009

Source: Applied Nursing Research, 2009, 22 (2) p. 133-137

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Date of publication: May, 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A pilot study in Canada assessed the potential benefit of providing follow-up information about mental health resources to patients who had received cardiac catheterisation and were suffering from depression. Half the participants were contacted by mail, and half were contacted through a follow-up telephone call by a nurse. Both groups received information on community and hospital-based mental health resources. The results showed that early recognition strategies and referral protocols are effective in decreasing symptoms of depression in patients with coronary artery disease.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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