(Best Syndication News) Patients with heart disease should be screened for depression, according to a scientific advisory by the American Heart Association (AHA). New studies indicate that people with heart disease, even if they did not suffer a heart attack, are three times as likely to suffer from depression as those without heart disease.
Depression May Lead to a Heart Attack
Although there is no evidence that indicates that screening for depression leads to improved outcomes, there is evidence that depression is linked to an increased morbidity and mortality, lower rates of cardiac rehabilitation and poorer quality of life. Depression can also lead to a heart attack.
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