SOLVE-CHD Project Spotlight
At the heart of the matter: Co-designing a lifestyle based mental health intervention for patients following a heart event
Led by Dr Sarah Gauci, SOLVE-CHD Postdoctoral Researcher, Deakin University
For people with heart disease, poor mental health is related to worse health outcomes, including increased risk of future cardiac events, readmission to hospital, increased mortality, and lower quality of life. These patients also face increased barriers to care and feel that their mental health needs are often unmet within the current health care system.
Encouragingly, we know that the same lifestyle therapies delivered as part of cardiac rehabilitation, such as exercise and nutrition counselling, are now also considered foundational treatments for depression. This significant overlap should be utilised for cardiovascular patients and is often under-recognised by clinicians and patients alike.