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Heart Disease and Depression Tied Together
After heart attack, people with depression twice as likely to die (CCSS Level: Grade 10, Words: 298)
Jan 26, 2018 Style & Living
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Research has shown for a while that heart disease and depression influence each other. However, a new study looking at the impact of depression on heart disease over a long period of time finds the depression is tied to an increased risk of death.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that every 42 seconds, an adult in the United States has a heart attack. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide, and in the U.S. a heart disease-related death occurs every minute.

Depression is also a major health concern. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the disorder affects more than 15 million U.S. adults. Also, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability among those aged between 15 and 44.

New research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session, suggests that there may be a link between these two conditions. The researchers, led by Dr. Heidi May, Ph.D., investigated the health records of nearly 25,000 patients registered with one health provider group. These patients were also clinically followed for an average of almost 10 years after receiving their first diagnosis of heart disease. Overall, 15 percent of these patients were also diagnosed with depression after their heart disease diagnosis. This proportion is considerably larger when compared with the general population estimate of 7.5 to 10 percent.

This study shows that it does not matter if depression emerges in the short-term or a few years down the road - it is a risk factor that continually needs to be checked. The important message is that patients with coronary disease need to be continuously screened for depression as well, and if found to be depressed, they need to receive adequate treatment and continued follow-up.


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