Heart failure and depression

A small study presented at the European Society of Cardiology suggested patients with depression were more likely to die within a year.

Although many factors can influence the severity of the condition it demonstrates why it is important for people and their carers to reach and contact their healthcare professional for help.

As part of a continuing investigation, Proffesor Cleland’s team asked 96 patients, who had been admitted to hospital with heart failure, a series of questions to assess whether they were depressed.

Those who showed signs of moderate or severe depression were more likely to have died in the 300 days that followed.

Though this link has been shown before, scientists generally thought this was down to people with depression suffering from a more severe form of the condition.

While the Hull scientists acknowledge this is likely to play a part, they say it is does not account for the full picture.

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation has been calling for more support for heart failure patients and their families for a number of years. This is why it is important for people suffering from heart failure have a comprehensive list of “go to people” in their multi-disciplinary team.