Depressed, Anxious Teens Likely To Have A Heart Attack Before Mid-Age: Study
According to a study presented at the ESC 2020 conference titled “Non-psychotic mental disorders in adolescent men and the risk of myocardial infarction: a national cohort study”, depression or anxiety in adolescence may contribute to illnesses. heart problems in midlife.
The study suggested that there is a 20 percent higher chance of having a heart attack in your 40s.
Study author Dr Cecilia Bergh of the University of Örebro in Sweden said in a statement: “Be alert and look for signs of stress, depression or anxiety that go beyond normal anxiety Adolescents: Seeking help if there appears to be a lingering problem can be particularly helpful during the Covid-19 pandemic.) If a healthy lifestyle is encouraged as early as possible in childhood and adolescence , it is more likely to persist into adulthood and improve long-term health.
The study investigated whether conditions like depression in adolescence (18 or 19) are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood.
The researchers also examined the possible role of stress resilience (ability to cope with stress in daily life) to explain possible associations.
The study was conducted on 238,013 men born between 1952 and 1956 who underwent extensive examinations in their late teens (as part of their assessment for compulsory military service) and were then followed until l ‘middle age (up to the age of 58).
Assessments at the age of 18 or 19 included medical, psychiatric and physical examinations by doctors and psychologists.
A total of 34,503 men were diagnosed with a non-psychotic mental disorder (such as depression or anxiety) upon conscription.
The study found that a mental disorder in adolescence was associated with the risk of having a myocardial infarction (heart attack) in middle age.
The risk of myocardial infarction
The research also noted that the risk of myocardial infarction was 20% higher in diagnosed men – even after taking into account other characteristics in adolescence such as blood pressure, body mass index. , the general health and socio-economic status of the parents.
The association between mental illness and heart attack was explained in part, but not completely, by poorer resistance to stress and poorer physical fitness in adolescents with mental illness.
“We already knew that men who were in good physical shape as a teenager seem less likely to stay in shape later if they have low resilience to stress,” said Dr. Bergh.
“Our previous research has also shown that a low resilience to stress is also associated with a greater tendency for addictive behavior, signaled by higher risks of smoking, alcohol and other drug use,” concluded Bergh.