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Feb 09

Two new studies provided support for depression as a treatable cause of coronary heart disease

Two new studies provided support for depression as a treatable cause of coronary heart disease. The first, reported online in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, which relied on repeat measures of depressive symptoms over 2 decades of follow–up, demonstrated dose–response relationships between depression and both coronary death and nonfatal myocardial infarction, but not stroke. The second, a post hoc analysis of a randomized trial reported in the January issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, showed 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.

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