Coming out this month in the British Journal of Pharmacoloy is an interesting article about the links between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) usage and the risks of myocardial infarction. It has been believed for awhile that a SSRI, which is a particular class of antidepressant, acts immediately to prevent future heart attacks presumably by its anticoagulant properties. In this study they concluded there was something else in SSRI’s that works long-term to prevent heart attacks.
I am wondering if it is related to inflammation? In recent months, SSRI’s have been found to decrease inflammation. Perhaps that is the same mechanism that prevents future heart attacks? Or is there something yet undiscovered?
This is yet another example of how the body and brain effect each other. When one improves the condition and health of the body, the brain also is effected for the positive! It also works the other way around. If one improves brain health, the health of the body will improve also! If you have had a heart attack or are at high risk, you might want to discuss with your nurse practitioner or doctor the possible treatment of a SSRI. Your heart and brain will thank you!