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Depression a risk factor for heart attacks in younger women: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Jun. 19, 2014

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Younger women who are depressed are twice as likely to have a heart attack than women who are not, a new U.S. study has found.

In women 55 years of age and younger, each one-point increase in symptoms of depression was associated with a 7% increase in the presence of heart disease, the researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., found. Women in this age range were 2.17 times as likely to suffer a heart attack, die of heart disease, or require an artery-opening procedure if they had moderate or severe depression.

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"Women in this age group are also more likely to have depression, so this may be one of the 'hidden' risk factors that can help explain why women die at a disproportionately higher rate than men after a heart attack," the study's author Amit Shah said.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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