Emotional health is an important factor to consider in the management of heart disease risk. Emotional health refers to all aspects of a person’s psychological wellbeing. Poor emotional health is identified as a modifiable risk factor for heart disease due to its effect on the ability to control other lifestyle risk factors. Low mood can make it difficult to eat well, be physically active, control smoking and moderate alcohol intake.
A large percentage of people with heart disease will also have depression. It is important to control the negative aspects of depression and poor emotional health to ensure the best opportunity to control other modifiable heart disease risk factors.
To learn more about how depression and stress affects your health see the education page of this website(click here).
Further information and support can also be found online on the Beyond Blue website at http://www.beyondblue.org.au/
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