Scientists have learned how to determine depression by heart rate

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Scientists at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt conducted a study that concluded that people with depression have an average heart rate 10-15 beats per minute higher than people without the disease. The results of the study have been published on a specialized portal MedicalExpress.

“Two innovative elements in this study were the continuous recording of heart rhythm over several days and nights, as well as the use of a new antidepressant ketamine, which can reduce depression quite quickly,” said Frankfurt University Professor Carmen Schivek.

After taking the antidepressant, the specialists again measured the heart rate of the volunteers and found that its parameters were close to normal values.

“Usually, the heart rate is higher during the day and lower at night,” added Sheevek. According to her, there is no decline in heart rate at night during depression. Thus, it may be one of the ways to diagnose depression.

On August 18, it was reported that the scientists found a connection between depression and heavy current COVID-19. Scientists have studied the health data of 421 thousand people, among which 50 815 are people with mental disorders. They found that mental health problems can lead to changes in immune responses, as well as “suboptimal behavior and failure to apply mitigation strategies” in the pandemic.