Features March 2008 Issue

Treat Depression to Avoid Cardiac Consequences

Depression puts you at greater risk of heart disease and can result in poorer overall health if left untreated.

Research has shown that depressed people are at higher risk for all types of cardiac events, including a heart attack. Now, researchers also have found that patients who were hospitalized for a heart attack or unstable angina, and who suffered persistent depression for a year following their hospitalization, had poorer health in general than patients who were not depressed or who experienced only transient depression, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Cardiology. This means it is crucial for heart patients to identify and treat depression.

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