Studies Back Notion That Depression Is A Treatable Cause Of Coronary Heart Disease.

MedPage Today (2/7, Neale) reports that research offers “support for depression as a treatable cause of coronary heart disease.” In one study, “which relied on repeat measures of depressive symptoms over 2 decades of follow-up,” researchers “demonstrated dose-response relationships between depression and both coronary death and nonfatal myocardial infarction, but not stroke.” The study was published online in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. In a separate study, which was “a post hoc analysis of a randomized trial,” researchers found “that an intervention to treat depression in older adults reduced the risk of hard cardiovascular events, but only in those who did not have pre-existing cardiovascular disease at baseline.” The study was published in Psychosomatic Medicine.

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— “Treat Depression to Prevent CVD?, ” Todd Neale, MedPage Today, February 7, 2014.

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