Thursday, June 29, 2017

More Intense Mental Distress Tied to Greater Risk of Death in Heart Patients

More Intense Mental Distress Tied to Greater Risk of Death in Heart Patients: Patients with coronary heart disease who experience persistent moderate to severe mental distress face a much higher risk of death, according to a new study published online in the journal Heart. But no such link was found for those experiencing persistent mild or occasional distress over the long term. Although prior research has suggested a link between anxiety/depression and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, most of these studies were conducted soon after the event, and were based on a single assessment, say the researchers. And the definitions of chronic/persistent stress in other longer term studies have varied widely. For the new study, the researchers looked at the association between occasional or persistent mental distress and the risk of death in 950 people (aged 31 to 74) with stable coronary heart disease. All of the participants were part of the Long Term Intervention with Pravastatin in Ischaemic Disease Trial and had had a heart attack or been admitted to

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