Depression ups death risk in younger women: Study
Balochistan Times (Pakistan)
Young women are especially vulnerable to depression and moderate and severe depression may double their risk of death from heart diseases, a new study says.
Women aged 55 and below were more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, die of heart disease or require an artery-opening procedure if they had moderate or severe depression, the findings showed.
“Physicians need to be aware that young women are especially vulnerable to depression, and that depression may increase the risk to their heart,” said
The researchers assessed depression symptoms in 3,237 people with known or suspected heart disease (34 per cent women, average age 62.5 years).
After nearly three years of follow-up, the researchers found that in women aged 55 and younger, each one-point increase in symptoms of depression was associated with a seven percent increase in the presence of heart disease.
“Women 55 and younger were 2.17 times as likely to suffer a heart attack, die of heart disease or require an artery-opening procedure during the follow-up period if they had moderate or severe depression,” researchers noted.