Depression Linked to Heart Attacks in Younger Women
the MPR take:
Women ≤55 years of age with established or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) that suffer from depression are more likely to have major adverse cardiovascular events like myocardial infarction compared to men of the similar age, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. 3,237 patients undergoing coronary angiography for evaluation of CAD were tracked over an average of 3 years for CAD presence, depressive symptoms, and cardiovascular events. Depressive symptoms predicted CAD presence in women aged ≤55 years, as well as increased risk of death. Because depression is becoming increasingly recognized as a risk factor for the development of and the outcome of CAD, additional research is needed on CAD and psychiatric disorders.
“We can't prove with this study that depression causes heart disease, but we can say that these women do worse over time,” lead author Dr. In general, depressed people are more likely to have heart problems than people without depression, but the exact increase in risk has varied in previous ...
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