Depressed people may have poor blood flow, says study

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (ANI): According to a recent study, depressed people have an increased risk of Atrial Fibrillation, or an irregular heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. Atrial Fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). It causes 20-30 per cent of all strokes and increases the risk of dying prematurely. It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 14-17 million patients with Atrial Fibrillation in the European Union, with 120,000-215,000 new diagnoses each year. Signs of Atrial Fibrillation include palpitations, shortness of breath, tiredness, chest pain and dizziness. Previous studies have found that associations between depression and both, more severe symptoms and higher mortality in atrial fibrillation patients. Antidepressants have been linked with some serious, but rare, heart rhythm disturbances, prompting the question of whether they might also raise the risk of Atrial Fibrillation.

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