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Depression linked to heart disease risks among women

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Researchers have linked depression to increased risks of heart disease in women in a new study. (Source: WJBK/FOX) Researchers have linked depression to increased risks of heart disease in women in a new study. (Source: WJBK/FOX)

(FOX) - Young and middle-aged women with depression may be more likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease than their mentally healthy peers, according to a study that appears in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers followed more than 3,200 men and women diagnosed with heart disease. Everyone was scheduled for an arterial X-ray to assess the degree of heart disease.

After three years of follow-up, more than a quarter of the women younger than 55 were diagnosed with clinical depression compared to only 9 percent of the men older than 65.

For every one point raise in the depression symptom ratings in women younger than 55, investigators said that translated into a 7 percent rise in heart disease death risk.

No such association was found among women older than 55 or among men as a whole.

While the link between depression and heart disease death risk is not clear, study authors hope their findings help people better understand the connection between depression and illness.

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