Result, “the fact of declaring a minimum of 4 depressive symptoms ** increases the risk of cardiovascular pathologies and early death by 20%”, details Professor Scott Lear, lead author of the study. “This risk is twice as great in urban areas compared to isolated areas. An important point when “the majority of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050”.
The danger is such that depression is as important a cardiovascular risk factor as smoking, hypertension and high cholesterol. “Identifying the signs of depression for early management is a priority to avoid cardiovascular complications”, confirm the scientists.
Note: in France, 3 million patients suffer from depression. One in five people will suffer from it in their lifetime.
* Simon Fraser University
** Fatigue, nervousness, restlessness, decrease or increase in appetite, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, making decisions, loss of libido, loss of interest in social and professional life, headaches, stomach pain, great sadness, increased feeling of guilt, decreased self-esteem, suicidal thoughts