People with low blood pressure may face depression
Jan 25, 2007 - 10:13:01 AM
London, Jan 25 - People suffering from low blood pressure may face the risk of being depressed and anxious, say researchers.
A Norwegian study analysed health reports from North-Trondelag County from the 1990s and found that of the 60,000 people detailed in them, those with low blood pressure most frequently suffered from anxiety issues or depression, reported UPI wire quoting Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.
The study's findings expanded on a previous study that found a link between mental problems and blood pressure when dealing with the elderly, research fellow Bjorn Hildrum at Namsos Hospital said.
'The discovery is independent of both age and gender and as such is a universal phenomenon. Cardiovascular disease, medication for high blood pressure or depression or a range of other factors - none of these explain the link,' Hildrum said.
To help determine why the correlation exists, the Norwegian researchers will try to learn if low blood pressure helps facilitate depression and anxiety, or if the mental disorders lead to low blood pressure.
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