Determining whether a person has depression can be done by analyzing their heart rate. The conclusions were drawn from a study conducted by a team of scientists from Germany, MedicalExpress reports.
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As part of the work, the authors continuously monitored the heart rate of the volunteers. Also, a new antidepressant was involved in the process, allowing you to quickly resist depression. Due to this, it became possible to observe changes that are related to the psychological state. It turned out that the problem can be calculated after 24 hours of monitoring. Citizens who faced depression, on average, had a heart rate per minute about 10-15 beats higher than that of healthy individuals. In the case of treatment, the frequency of contractions decreased, and the dynamics became closer to the results of the control group.
The results of the work will allow physicians to identify early manifestations of potential depression and assess whether treatment is working. It is noted that this approach helps to diagnose a depressive state with an accuracy of 90%.