Everybody knows the trick to good lying. Mix in a little bit of truth:
TORONTO — A significant number of patients are reporting symptoms of depression that worsened throughout the pandemic, placing them at higher risk for heart disease, a new study has found.
Conducted by researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, the study involved 4,633 patients who completed depression screenings both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly 40 per cent of patients said they experienced new or continuing symptoms of depression throughout the first year of the pandemic.
“These findings are significant,” said Heidi T. May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute and principal investigator of the study, in a press release. “In looking at the first year of the pandemic, we are already seeing the mental health effects on our patients.”
Yes. People locked their homes for months on end got depressed. So why are they interviewing a cardiovascular epidemiologist?
Findings from the study were shared at the American Heart Association’s virtual scientific session on Saturday.
Not only does this study point to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, but on physical well-being too.
Researchers discovered that depression was linked to increased visits to the emergency room for anxiety treatment. Patients with depression were 2.8 times more likely to visit the ER for anxiety compared to patients without depression. The chances of visiting the ER for anxiety while experiencing chest pains were 1.8 times higher in patients with depression compared to patients without it.
Scientific evidence shows a strong link between depression and heart disease. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients experiencing depression, anxiety and stress over long periods of time are likely to experience an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, reduced blood flow to the heart, and higher levels of cortisol. Eventually, these physiological effects can result in a buildup of calcium in the arteries and lead to heart disease.
So now we know. All of the following athletes were depressed:
Doctors have been unable to save a hockey player who suddenly collapsed on the ice during a game in Slovakia.
Boris Sadecki was playing for the Bratislava Capitals, of the Ice HL, when he fell to the floor during a match against the Dornbirn Bulldogs on October 29.
Medics are said to have spent several minutes attending to the 24-year-old, resuscitating him before transporting him to hospital, where he had spent 11 days before his passing was announced.
Abou Ali, 22, professional footballer collapses on pitch during game
Fabrice NSakala, 31, Besiktas defender collapses on pitch during game
Jens De Smet, 27, footballer collapses on field, passes away of heart attack
Jente van Genechten, 25, footballer collapses on field due to heart attack
Frederic Lartillot, French footballer collapses in changing room, passes away due to heart attack after game
Benjamin Taft, 31, German footballer collapses after game, passes away due to heart attack
Rune Coghe, 18, Belgian footballer suffers cardiac arrest on pitch
Helen Edwards, referee taken off court during World Cup qualifier due to heart issues
Dimitri Lienard, 33, FC Strasbourg midfielder collapses during game
Sergio Aguero, 33, Barecelona star striker admitted to hospital for cardiac exam after match
Emil Palsson, 28, Sognal midfielder collapses due to cardiac arrest during game
Antoine Méchin, 31, French triathlete suffers pulmonary embolism following Moderna
Luis Ojeda, 20, Argentine football player unexpectedly passes away
Greg Luyssen, 22, Belgian pro cyclist ends career due to heart issues
Pedro Obiang, 29, ex-West Ham star suffers myocarditis post vaccine
Carl Madsen, 71, NFL referee dies of heart attack after working the Chiefs-Titans game.
This Aussie nurse who stated that hospitals are being overwhelmed with adverse reactions to the vaccines? She’s wrong. It’s chronic anxiety:
SA Nurse speaks out 👇👇
– 30 out of 38 patients in hospital at Flinders are vaccinated
– Hospitals full of serious adverse reaction victims
– Myocarditis affecting many younger people pic.twitter.com/aio9D7Rjab
— 🇦🇺 Tam (@SongbirdTam_83) November 3, 2021
That guy who collapsed outside the front of Bunnings after getting his jab at the popup clinic? He just felt a little down:
Reports of Collapse after vaccination pic.twitter.com/SsHpKjSKLL
— Cha Cha Charles (@ChaChaC87311797) November 6, 2021
Those Ukrainians who collapsed at the vaccine clinic? They felt sad.
Ukraine 2 patients dropped to the floor in 15 mins….It Means it working… pic.twitter.com/3xvreHYS7H
— (@risemelbourne) November 2, 2021
Although in their defence, they could have been drunk.
How about those people collapsing literally down the road from the vaccine clinic in Sydney? They just couldn’t take it any more.
Or those kids who collapsed at Sydney’s Olympic stadium who never made it on the news?
You know what teenagers are like. Always moping. Just like those teenage boys and young men in England dying at excessive rates?
The mortality data for England and Wales from ONS from 1 May 2021 until 17 September 2021 shows a significant excess, particularly in the 15-19 year age group. Depending on the baseline chosen, the excess for 15-19 year olds is between 16% and 47% above expected levels (see table 1 and 2). COVID-19 deaths were too small in number to account for the excess. A disproportionate number of these excess deaths were in males. A certain amount of variation by random chance would be expected but an increase of this proportion is large enough not to be dismissed without further investigation…
A similar magnitude of excess is seen in the 20-29 year old age groups compared to 2020, although background (2015-2019) rates are higher. Comparing just deaths in males aged 15-19 year olds, there were between 52 and 87 excess deaths (depending on baseline). This clear predominance of male deaths could be in keeping with known risks of myocarditis which has a bias to men and boys.
Let’s call it growing pains. This sounds like a job for the “Stop it!” shrink.
Adverse reactions solved.
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