Swedish study points to link between depression and coronary heart disease
According to a large-scale study in Sweden, people who have been diagnosed with depression, especially younger patients between 25 and 50 years of age, are at increased risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) later in life. Even after accounting for socioeconomic status and gender, the risk was greatest for those diagnosed before 40.
In an article published in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the Karolinska Institute, Center for Family and Community Medicine, Huddinge, Sweden, examined the complete hospital discharge records for all patients in Sweden from 1987 to 2001. After identifying a total of 44,826 cases of first hospital admissions for depression (19,620 men and 25,206 women) in the Swedish family coronary heart disease database, they found that 1,916 developed CHD. By combining these records with an extensive registry of Swedish residents, risk estimates by age, gender, geographic region and socioeconomic status could be calculated.
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