Depression as hard on the heart as obesity and cholesterol

July, 2017

A large, long-running European study, involving 3,428 male patients aged 45-74 years, has found that depression is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The risk is almost as great as that due to high cholesterol levels or obesity.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-01/hzm--dah011317.php

Ladwig, KH. et al. (2016): Room for depressed and exhausted mood as a risk predictor for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality beyond the contribution of the classical somatic risk factors in men. Atherosclerosis, doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2016.12.003

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