High Levels Of Stress And Depression May Be Linked To Higher Risk Of Heart Attack, Death In Patients With Coronary Heart Disease

TIME (3/11, Worland) reports that research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes suggests that “intense stress and depression in people with coronary heart disease creates a ‘perfect storm’ that can increase the risk of death.”

Reuters (3/10, Doyle) reports that investigators looked at data on approximately 4,400 individuals with coronary heart disease who were at least 45 years old.

HealthDay (3/11, Reinberg) reports that “over an average six years of follow-up, 1,337 participants died or had a heart attack.” The investigators found that “the risk was 48 percent higher for those with stress and serious depression than those not feeling emotionally drained, but only for the first 2.5 years.”

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— “Depression and Stress Could Be ‘Perfect Storm’ for Heart Disease Patients,” Justin Worland, Time, March 10, 2015.

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