Published On: Thu, Oct 13th, 2016

Blood pressure medications may boost depression risk

Close Up Of A Doctor Checking Blood Pressure Of A Patient

Close Up Of A Doctor Checking Blood Pressure Of A Patient

Researchers have warned that a few generally prescribed blood pressure medications can boost the peril of mood disorders for example depression or bipolar disorder. In the research study, Sandosh Padmanabhan, who is the Professor at the University of Glasgow in the UK, has stated that contrasted four general groups of antihypertensive drugs and danger of mood disorders, two drugs were connected with an elevated hazard for mood disorders, whereas one seems to reduce mood disorder jeopardy.

Padmanabhan further added that “Mental health is under-recognized in hypertension clinical practice, and the probable impact of antihypertensive drugs on mental health is a part that physicians must be conscious of and think if the treatment of high blood pressure is having a negative impact on their patient’s mental health,’’

Researchers compiled data on 525,046 patients (ages 40-80) from two large secondary care Scottish hospitals.

They chose 144,066 patients being treated for hypertension with angiotensin antagonists, beta blocker, calcium channel blockers or thiazide diuretics.

They were contrasted to a cluster of 111,936 patients not having any of those drugs.

Researchers pursued the patients for five years manuscript hospitalization for mood disorders, for example, depression or bipolar disorder.

Later than over 90 days on the antihypertensive medications, they discovered that there were 299 hospital entrances, mainly because of foremost depression, amid the patients studied, and at a standard 2.3 years later than patients started antihypertensive treatment.

Patients on beta-blockers and calcium antagonists were at dual elevated danger of hospital entrance for the mood disorder, contrasted to patients on angiotensin antagonists.

Patients on angiotensin antagonists had the lesser danger for hospitalization with mood disorders contrasted to patients on further blood pressure medicines and patients on no antihypertensive therapy.

Those having thiazide diuretics illustrated the similar peril for mood disorders contrasted to patients having no antihypertensive medicines.

The existence of synchronized medical states boosts the danger of mood disorders.

These results propose that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers that are employed to deal with hypertension perhaps helpful as latest or “repurposed” treatments for mood disorders, Padmanabhan is the view.

The results were presented in the journal Hypertension.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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