By On August 26th, 2005

Brain Injury and Depression Linked

UCLA researchers have released an important finding: it appears that many heart failure patients not only sustain brain injuries resulting from cardiac complications, but that this specific injury is linked to depression. Following is a brief excerpt from Ivanhoe News:

“The UCLA imaging study shows significant loss of tissue in areas in the brains of heart failure patients that regulate the autonomic nervous system. The damage interferes with the cardiovascular system’s ability to quickly adapt to changes in blood pressure and heart rate. The problem is in the same areas of the brain that show changes in people who have major depression. This may explain why many heart failure patients are often depressed.”

You can read the full text of the study HERE, but it requires registration.

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