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Friday 29 August 2014

Depressed women at risk of an early death, study finds

John von Radowitz

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

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Women aged 55 and younger are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die young if they are moderately or severely depressed, a study has found.

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Depression more than doubled the chances of women in this age group having a heart attack, dying from heart disease or any other cause, or undergoing artery-opening surgery, said researchers.

Lead scientist Dr Amit Shah, from Emory University in Atlanta, US, said: "All people, and especially younger women, need to take depression very seriously. Depression itself is a reason to take action, but knowing that it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and death should motivate people to seek help.

"Providers need to ask more questions. They need to be aware that young women are especially vulnerable to depression, and that depression may increase the risk to their heart."

The researchers assessed 3,237 people with suspected heart disease, 34pc of whom were women. The results showed no link between symptoms of depression and heart disease in men or older women.

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