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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can depression tie with heart disease?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Heart disease: Depression can be caused by heart disease and can make it worse. Depression has biochemical changes associated with it that can also cause heart problems.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Heartbreaking: Depression increases the incidence of cardiovascular disease by 1.5 times. Also, people with coronary artery disease and depression have a 2-3x increased risk of future non-fatal & fatal cardiac events compared with cardiac patients who aren't depressed. Links might be the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis; pro-inflammatory cytokines; & changes in arterial elasticity and endothelial function.

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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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