Depression + Heart Disease
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|Mon, 09-20-2010 - 3:42pm|
People with both heart disease and depression are much more likely to die than those with just one of the conditions or neither illness, a new study shows.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 6,000 middle-aged adults in Britain whose mental and physical health were monitored for an average of five-and-a-half years as part of a study looking at how social and economic factors affect long-term health.
Overall, about 15 percent of the participants had depression. Twenty percent of those with heart disease had depression, compared to 14 percent of those without heart problems.