Depression and Heart Disease

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Story Updated: Jun 20, 2014

Young women struggling with depression face a higher risk of suffering a heart attack new research reveals. Young women also face more than twice the risk for needing an invasive procedure to clear clogged arteries- and an even higher risk for dying of heart disease.

The depression-heart disease connection published in the Journal of the American Heart Association was unearthed only among women 55 and under and not among same age men or older women. In all, the study team spent nearly 3 years tracking depression among more than 3,200 men and women already diagnosed with heart disease.

In the end, the investigators determined that for every 1-point bump in depression score women 55 and under saw their overall heart disease risk jump by 7%.

And given that women 55 and younger may be especially vulnerable to depression the study team advised clinicians to view depression as a potential risk to their young female patient's heart health.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.

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