Heart HQ: Cardiac Risk

Heart HQ – Episode 17: Mental Health, Psychosocial Factors and Cardiac Risk

In this episode, we discuss the link between stress, depression, anxiety and cardiac events.

Stressful life events, such as the death of a spouse, and catastrophic events, such as floods, fires, the COVID 19 pandemic and terrorist attacks, have been linked to an increase in heart attacks and Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, as have anxiety and depression.

It’s also well known that there are more heart attacks between 6am and noon than at other times of the day – partly because people are starting to get into the stresses of the day (tackling the morning commute, workload, etc).

We also discuss depression in people after they have suffered a cardiac event.

Show notes: Episode 17

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MBBS (Hons) FRACP FCSANZ. Peter is a clinical and interventional cardiologist with various special interests including coronary angioplasty and stenting, endovascular procedures and structural heart interventions. He studied and trained in Queensland and completed a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Diagnosis in Boston, MA.

Peter returned home to become Director of Cardiology at Sunshine Coast Hospital, before becoming a founding partner and managing director of HeartHQ

BSc (Hons) MBBS FRACP FCSANZ. Stuart is an interventional cardiologist and structural heart specialist. He has a special interest in treating complex and previously untreatable coronary artery disease, and a passion for distal radial artery access for coronary angiography and stenting.

After completing his training in Brisbane and Perth with an interventional cardiology fellowship, he returned to paradise to take up cardiology consulting at various local hospitals and now is a director of HeartHQ.

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