Depression Have Slow Heart Rate Recover - Depressed Cardiac
Rehabilitation Participants May Have Higher Death Rate - Attack
June 1st 2006
Dr. Joel Hughes
Researchers have discovered that there is a link between depression and
the length of time it takes for a patient to return to a normal heart
rate during cardiac rehabilitation. The research, published in the
American Heart Journal, indicates that heart rate recovery after
exercise was slower among patients with symptoms of depression.
The heart rate recovery after a treadmill stress test is a good
indication of how the autonomic nervous system is functioning, according
to a report by Reuters Health. Dr. Joel W. Hughes, co-author of the
study, and colleagues from Kent State University of Ohio said that
patients who take longer to recover their normal heart rate also have an
increased risk of mortality.
The report says that the autonomic nervous system helps the body to
adapt to changes in the environment, adjusting or modifying body
functions in response to stress. The autonomic system also regulates
blood pressure, heart rate, airflow to the lungs, the digestive process,
insulin secretion, urinary function and sexual response.