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Does Loud Noise Increase Heart Disease?

  Chronic exposure to anything over 60 decibels (the level of a typical conversation in an office) has the potential to do harm to the cardiovascular system   Time –February 6, 2018 –Amanda MacMillan– How Loud Noise Exposure Is Linked to Heart Disease If you live near an airport, railroad tracks or a busy road, you might be concerned about how fumes from those planes, trains and automobiles are affecting your health. But according to a new review in the…

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Depression Reduced by Art Therapy

    After ten treatments the patients who suffered from severe or moderately severe depression had shown more improvement than the patients in the control group.   Clear effect of art therapy on severe depression October 5, 2017 Create a picture of how you are feeling on this particular day, said the first exercise in the art therapy. After ten treatments the patients who suffered from severe or moderately severe depression had shown more improvement than the patients in the…

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The Distressed Personality and Heart Disease

People with type D personalities seem to have more highly activated immune systems and more inflammation, which could mean more damage to blood vessels in the heart and throughout the body   Harvard Health Publishing March, 2014 Type “D” for distressed A newly coined personality type could signal a higher risk for heart disease. Do you sweat the small stuff, see the glass as half empty, have trouble making friends, and keep your feelings bottled up inside? That combination could…

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Anxiety and Depression with an ICD

  Based on existing data, it may be appropriate to assume a 20% prevalence rate for both depressive and anxiety disorders post-ICD implant, a rate similar to that in other cardiac populations. The prevalence of anxiety and depression in adults with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a systematic review.   Abstract OBJECTIVE: The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is used to treat life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and in the prevention of sudden cardiac death. A significant proportion of ICD patients experience psychological symptoms including…

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Cortisol Levels Link Stress to Cardiac Risk

An elevated cortisol response to mental stress was linked to higher cardiac troponin T levels, suggesting that cortisol over-reactivity might explain why some people are more likely to develop heart disease.   MedPage Today June 27, 2013 Paul Cerrato, Action Points This study evaluated the relationship between salivary cortisol response and cardiac troponin T plasma concentration in healthy older adults undergoing standardized mental stress tests. There was a significant association between heightened cortisol response to mental stress and detectable plasma…

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Heart Attacks Can Cause PTSD

Harvard Health Blog June 25, 2012 Holly Strawbridge Heart attack can trigger PTSD A heart attack is a life-changing event. For some people, surviving a heart attack brings renewed appreciation for life. For others, the event is so traumatic that worrying about having a second heart attack consumes their lives. By the latest account, 1 in 8 heart-attack survivors experiences a reaction that might be called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although PTSD is usually associated with extreme trauma such as…

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