Heart rate could predict depression risk
ISLAMABAD: New research has identified a link between heart rate and depression, which could help with the diagnosis and treatment of the mental health issue.
Depression is a mood disorder that can have a debilitating effect on day to day life. It can cause physical symptoms, as well as feelings of sadness, anxiety, irritability, and lethargy and make it more difficult to concentrate, sleep, and talk. Depression may also increase the risk of certain health issues, such as heart disease.
If a person has been experiencing symptoms of depression every day for at least 2 weeks, they may be having a major depressive episode. In 2017, approximately 7.1% of the adult United States population had at least one of these episodes.
Depression can be treated with medication, talking therapies, or both. In either case, treatment can take months to be effective. Also, in some people, depression is resistant to treatment.
Ketamine’s effectiveness has opened the door to new research exploring ways of detecting depression. One such method involves studying heart rate. Previous research has suggested a link between the variability of heart rate and depression.