Depression doubles risk of early death in heart patients


Heart disease patients are twice as likely to suffer an early death if they suffer depression, warns a study. Researchers tracked more than 24,000 patients for 10 years and found that post-coronary artery disease depression was the single biggest predictor of death. Lead author Dr Heidi May said that no matter how long or how short it was, patients were found to have twice the risk of dying compared to those who did not have a follow-up diagnosis of depression. May stated that depression was …

To detect subsequent depression, the researchers used standardised diagnostic coding system. The patients with depression were placed into subcategories based on how long after their heart disease diagnosis the depression was identified. In all, 15 percent, or 2,646 patients, were diagnosed with depression at some point during follow-up. Of those, most of them (37 percent) were diagnosed with depression for more than five years after their first heart event, but the two diagnosis were linked….

Source: European Heart Journal

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