Mental Illness Could Not Only Be Messing With Your Mind, But Also Your Heart

Researchers from the University of South Australia have found another reason to pay more attention to mental illness. It seems it may be closely associated with heart health. Their new study published in Biomedical Engineering links mental illness and fluctuating blood pressure, leading to cardiovascular disease and organ damage.

The study reviewed 12 studies on people with anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. Researchers found that mental illness significantly impacted blood pressure variations during the day regardless of age. It was also noted that in mentally ill people, their heart rate does not adapt to external stressors compared to those who are not mentally ill.


A change in heart rate is a good sign of health, contrary to what many people think. It should adjust to withstand environmental and psychological challenges. However, reduced heart rate variation (HRV) has been shown to be common in people with mental illness. This may indicate the body’s stress response is poor, increasing the negative effects of chronic stress.

Low HRV happens when a person’s body is in fight or flight mode. People who are easily stressed or those with chronic diseases, including cardiovascular and mental health problems, also have low HRV.

“The takeaway from this study is that we need to pay more attention to the physical impacts of mental illness,” said Dr. Renly Lim, lead researcher. 

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.