Dr. Hodis explains if there is a connection between women with heart disease and depression.
That's is a great question. There is a growing evidence that women with heart disease or women who have a heart attack have a much greater propensity or will develop more depression and anxiety from that than women who do not have a heart attack, and that evidence is becoming much more clear. There are several studies now that have been published. So that is something that needs to be dealt with also. Even men who have heart attacks and strokes become depressed; that is clear. But women, also this is being shown, so that has to be taken in consideration because those symptoms, those problems - depression anxiety, stress - those are a risk factor for future heart attack, and they need to be dealt with.
About Dr. Hodis, M.D.:
Dr. Howard N. Hodis is a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Southern California, Director of the Atherosclerosis Research Unit and has a Harry Bauer & Dorothy Bauer Rawlins Professorship in Cardiology. Graduating with a medical doctorate from USC School of Medicine, he is now a member of the American Heart Association Council on Arteriosclerosis, American College of Physicians, the American Federation for Clinical Research and Society for Preventive Cardiology. His clinical interests are in atherosclerosis, cardiology-lipid disorders and prevention, ultrasound measurement of atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.
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