Thursday, February 09, 2006

Link Between Depression And Coronary Heart Disease

According to a Swedish study, those between 25-50 and have depression, are at an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease later in life. Taking into account socioeconomic status and gender, the risk was the greatest for those diagnosed before 40.
Researchers examined hospital discharge records of all patients from 1987-2001. First they discovered that 44,826 cases were for depression. Next they found that 1,916 of them had developed coronary heart disease. They also found that those with depression were 1.5 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than those without depression. The study showed that young to middle aged people that were hospitalized for depression had a high risk of developing coronary heart disease. They believe that those with clinical depression shouldn’t be given only short-term treatment, but that they receive maintenance therapy to help prevent a re-laps or recurrence of depression.

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