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Depression Risk for Spouses of Heart Attack Victims

by Savitha C Muppala on August 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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 Depression Risk for Spouses of Heart Attack Victims

New research has revealed the high risk of depression and anxiety among spouses of people who have suffered a heart attack.

Those who lost their partner to heart attack were three times likely to be taking anti depressants to help the combat extreme sadness, fear and mood swings.

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"We've known for some time that having a heart attack can lead to depression and this study shows that the emotional impact also hits partners very hard. It's another reason why we need urgent action to improve cardiac rehabilitation services, which provide counseling for patients and their partners and the opportunity to identify and manage cases of depression early," said Dr Robert Grenfell, Clinical Issues Director at the Heart Foundation.



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