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Mar 04

A new scientific statement by the American Heart Association (AHA)

A new scientific statement by the American Heart Association (AHA) has recommended that depression should join the ranks of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and smoking as an official heart disease risk factor. The AHA Scientific Statement published online February 24 in Circulation notes that the combined findings support the call to formally “elevate depression to the status of a risk factor” for adverse outcomes, such as all-cause and cardiac mortality, in patients who have acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

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