You preach to your patients the effects of diet and exercise on their cardiovascular health. You explain the dangers heart conditions lead to and how to prevent them through lifestyle changes, but it's not common for you to mention psychiatric conditions in your practice. However, that might change due to recent studies conducted in Sweden and Finland.
1. Male Teens with a High Heart Rate Are More Likely to Develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Research published in JAMA Psychiatry indicate a correlation between male teenagers who have a resting heart rate of 82 beats per minute or more and an increased risk for developing obsessive compulsive disorder. In fact, those with a high heart were at a 69 percent greater chance of having obsessive compulsive disorder. Male teens with a resting heart rate of below 62 beats per minute were less at risk for developing the condition.
2. Research Shows a High Heart Rate in Teen Males Leads to a Higher Chance of Developing Schizophrenia.
When compared to teen males with a lower heart rate, those with a higher heart rate were at a greater risk of developing schizophrenia. Having a higher heart rate is associated with a 21-percent greater risk of developing schizophrenia. The study suggests a high heart rate puts a teen male at an 18-percent greater risk for having anxiety.
3. A Lower Heart Rate is Associated with Negative Behaviors.
Teenage males who had a lower resting heart rate were more likely to have a substance abuse disorder or exhibit violent behaviors.
4. High Blood Pressure Has an Impact on Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors.
Researchers discovered those who had the highest blood pressure readings were at an increased risk for having obsessive compulsive behaviors. The study revealed those with a higher blood pressure were at a 30 to 40-percent greater risk of developing OCD, in particularly, when compated to those who had a lower blood pressure reading.
5. Researchers Aren't Sure the Link Between Women's Heart Rates and Mental Disorders.
Currently, researchers aren't sure if there's a link between a woman's heart rate and her risk of developing an anxiety disorder, schizophrenia or OCD. Women tend to have higher heart rates, but studies haven't been conducted on women as of yet.
6. More Research Needs to Be Conducted to Figure Out Why Heart Rate Impacts Mental Health.
Researchers stated they need to conduct further research to determine why there's a link between mental health and heart health.