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What is the Link Between Depression and Heart Disease?

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This could trigger artery-clogging blood clots, reported HealthDay News.

A joint English and French study followed nearly 6,000 British adults and found that those who were depressed — and had heart disease — had a risk of dying early that was at least three times higher than those who had neither condition.

Montreal Heart Institute researchers tracked 222 heart attack survivors and found that those suffering from depression were nearly six times more likely than others to die within six months of their heart attack.

The study also found that depression led to an eight-fold increase in death rates 18 months after a heart attack.

A final link: Depression may prompt heart disease to actually start. HealthDay News wrote that, according to several studies, depressed people who are otherwise healthy are more likely to develop heart disease.

Many doctors say that more awareness of the depression-heart disease link is critical, as is understanding the differences in treating depression versus heart disease.

Reviewed February 26, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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