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Depression linked to heart deaths

Depressed older people die from heart disease much more often than their depressionfree peers, a new study finds. This result applied to depressed individuals who began the study either with or without heart disease, according to a report in the March Archives of General Psychiatry.

Several factors may contribute to cardiac fatalities among depressed people, suggests a team led by Brenda W.J.H. Penninx of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Likely culprits include lack of exercise, poor eating habits, and unwillingness to comply with depression treatment, as well as physiological disturbances of heart function caused by depression, the scientists say.

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