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Can chronic depression increase heart disease risk for women with HIV?

Can chronic depression increase heart disease risk for women with HIV? We see a lot of disorders named in the above single heading itself. It shows how one disease can be related to another disease and how various aspects of your life can play a major role in your health. But you need not panic because the following article will truly help you in practicing further necessary precautions and steps required for your safety. It would also help us know about the importance of kindness and humanity in the world.

Link between cardiac risk and persistent depression

Haven’t we heard of heart problems due to stress? We all need to know the major factor leading to heart problems such as heart attacks and heart strokes is the plaque in the arteries. A new study shows that females with HIV who keep on expressing a very high level of stress or chronic depression for longer periods are more likely to suffer from building up of plaque in their arteries than others. The high level of stress or depression was indicated when compared with the others who did not have any symptoms or had fewer symptoms.


The same findings were also found in the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. More than half of the females who accounted for having depression, stress, and HIV had a plaque in arteries. It was found out through the study of 700 females. It consisted of both who have HIV and those who do not have HIV and coronary heart disease. It is necessary to include women with and without HIV because that is what lets us compare these two groups. And it further enhances the clarity of the findings.


Further, it was found that the plaques continued increasing when the symptoms of depression continued for a long time. There was similarity found in the building up of plaque in people without HIV and those with high levels of stress or depression.


The females with HIV are at higher risk of atherosclerosis or the building up of plaque in the arteries. As we have already known that building up of plaque in arteries or atherosclerosis has its prime contribution to heart problems, people with HIV are thrice more probable at risk of developing atherosclerosis and heart problems or cardiovascular ailments in comparison with those who do not have HIV.


We all commonly have come across the research finding that the risk of heart ailments is equal across males and females who suffer from HIV. It is what Matthew Levy points out too. But what he adds further is more important. He says that the increased heart disease risk for women is the same in men with HIV, and there is no relation to it with aspects of mental health such as depression or stress. It is where the importance of this current study comes up.