Heart disease and depression

Parent and child

Depression is both a risk factor for heart disease and is often experienced by people who have had a major heart event.

Depression is two or three times more common in people living with heart and circulatory disease.

In April 2012, we worked with a number of other health charities to produce a report on depression amongst people living with long term physical health conditions. It's estimated that a fifth of people with long term conditions have depression, which can have a devastating impact on health and quality of life.

What we want

Every person with a long term physical health condition, like heart disease, should be treated for both their physical and psychological symptoms equally.

People should be able to access the information and services that will meet their physical or psychological needs, and we think this should form part of a good quality cardiac rehabilitation programme.

For more information read the report or email [email protected].