Why Does Depression Increase Heart Attacks in Women?

Researchers found that women with depression were found to have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. What other medial condition dramatically increases your chances of sudden cardiac death? If you guessed obstructive sleep apnea, you’re right. What condition is not diagnosed in 90% of women who have it? Correct again. It’s sleep apnea. What’s one of the biggest risk factors for women who go on to develop heart disease? Right again. Sleep apnea. What’s a common complication of sleep apnea? Depression. Do you see a pattern here?In modern medicine, it’s hard to see the forest from the leaves (not trees!). We’re so focused on determining statistical likelihood between two isolated variables, while trying to exclude every other variables, that it’s hard to see the big picture. It’s gotten to the point that you can’t even say A causes B anymore. You can only say that A is strongly associated with B. In the end, most end up saying that causality can’t be proven and that bigger and better studies are needed. Despite this study showing that women with clinical depression are more likely to die earlier, nothing will change to prevent these premature deaths. As long as we focus too finely on individual diseases, rather than looking at how everything is connected, women will go on dying earlier than they should.

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