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Depression increases mortality with heart disease
March 16, 2001

Research from Holland, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, suggest that heart patients with depression can suffer a dramatically increased risk of dying.

The study followed 2,900 patients for 54 months.  In those who had heart disease and major depression, the risk of dying from heart disease was increased from 3 - 4 times.

Depression is common both after heart attacks and after bypass surgery, and cardiologists and surgeons are notoriously poor at diagnosing and treating depression.  This study emphasizes the need for doctors and patients to be on guard for symptoms or signs of depression - especially in heart patients - and to aggressively treat the problem if it should be found.

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