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Medical News & Perspectives
January 19, 2005

Depression–Heart Disease Link Probed

JAMA. 2005;293(3):283-284. doi:10.1001/jama.293.3.283

New Orleans—People with cardiovascular disease are more likely to be clinically depressed and some seemingly healthy people with depression are at greater risk of developing heart problems. While scientists have yet to show that treating depression reduces cardiovascular mortality rates, evidence continues to mount that treating people with depression does improve their dysphoria and quality of life and may increase longevity (Glassman et al. JAMA. 2002;288:701-709; Musselman et al. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55:580-592).