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Editor's Correspondence
February 11, 2002

Depression and Major Outcomes in Older Patients With Heart Failure

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(3):362-363. doi:

Data have been recently published on the association between depression and mortality suggesting that this disorder has a negative effect on survival, mainly in patients affected by chronic conditions.1-3 With this in mind, we read with interest the article by Jiang et al4 on the relationship of depression to increased risk of mortality and rehospitalization in patients with heart failure (HF). We would like to further support their data with our own taken from a population of 800 nondemented elderly patients (30% men; mean ± SD age, 78.6 ± 7.3 years) consecutively admitted to our acute care for the elderly (ACE) medical unit.

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