CV risk in MI not lowered by depression treatment

Treating depression in patients who have suffered a heart attack does not lower the risk of future cardiovascular (CV) events, according to Dutch research.

Previous studies have shown that depression and heart disease are intertwined leading the researchers to propose that treating depression could reduce heart attack risk.

For the study, the researchers assessed depression in a group of 2,466 heart attack patients who were followed up for 2.5 years.

They found that patients with somatic and incident depression were likely to have a poor cardiac prognosis.

The findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich today yesterday.

European Society of Cardiology conference Munich 2008

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