Medical City Green Oaks Hospital psychiatrist and Medical Director, Dr. Roger Butler, discusses the relationship between depression and heart health. People with depression are more at risk of developing heart disease. Stress hormones can cause increased inflammation in the heart, plaque buildup and platelet production.

Those with depression are at higher risk for hyperglycemia and increased blood sugar. This occurs in the absence of poor choices regarding diet and exercise. This emphasizes the importance of early detection, diagnosis and treatment of someone who is depressed.

Here are things you can do to help eliminate the occurrence of heart disease in these situations. Be active and get the right amount of rest. You can start exercise in small increments by walking as little as ten minutes a day and build up to more. This can impact your emotional health and physical health.

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Medical City Green Oaks Hospital celebrates over 30 years of caring for our North Texas community, 124 licensed inpatient beds, recognized as the most progressive, effective and innovative psychiatric system, providing mental health and chemical dependency treatment for adolescents, adults and seniors. Medical City Green Oaks Hospital offers psychiatric crisis stabilization emergency services, inpatient care, and outpatient treatment with a variety of scheduling options including day, evening and weekend programs. Green Oaks strives to promote dignity, holding compassion and respect for patients and their families as the absolute standard. Since 1983, Medical City Green Oaks Hospital has been accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare, licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Certified Medicare and Medicaid Provider and Champus Provider. Join our team or for more information visit