Center for Neuroscience in Women's Health

Improve Your Heart Health

Depression and anxiety have very negative effects on cardiovascular health and this is especially problematic for women.  Women are more likely to get depression, and women with cardiovascular disease are more likely to suffer from depression than women without cardiovascular disease.  Anxiety often goes hand-in-hand with depression, further harming women’s cardiovascular health.  Early diagnosis of depression and anxiety is the key, and extra attention to emotional health in cardiovascular care has been proven to help improve health care outcomes.  Improved management of emotions can also help prevent cardiovascular problems, especially in women at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Here at the Stanford Center for Neuroscience in Women’s Health, we have developed a new initiative that we call the Heart-Mind Program, which is an innovative, data-driven mental health treatment program for women affected by, or at risk for, cardiovascular disease.  These treatments include both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. 

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