from JAMA Psychiatry
Traditional risk factors for heart disease and early death include smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A new study provides more evidence of another increased risk of heart disease. Depression. A global study, coordinated by Canada’s Simon Fraser University, of nearly one hundred fifty thousand middle-aged people from twenty-one countries found cardiovascular events and death were twenty percent higher in people with four or more symptoms of depression. The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, says symptoms of depression should be considered as important as traditional risks, and it is important to note that symptoms of depression can be treated through a variety of therapies.