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Depression more common in heart patients

September 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Experts say cardiac patients are three times more likely to suffer from depression.Doctors are following a new guideline for heart disease patients.

The American Heart Association says all cardiac patients should be regularly screened for signs of depression. Research finds depression is three times more common in heart attack survivors and those hospitalized with heart problems.

Half of heart doctors report treating depression in their patients. Not all of those diagnosed get treated, which can lead to poorer outcomes.


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