'Perfect storm' of stress, depression may raise risk of death, heart attack for heart patients

March 10, 2015 9:48 PM

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(NewMediaWire) - March 10, 2015 - DALLAS - The combination of stress and heavy depression can significantly increase heart patient’s risk of death or heart attack, according to new research in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

The study examined the effect of high stress levels and high depressive symptoms among nearly 5,000 heart patients. Researchers concluded that risk is amplified when both conditions are present, thus validating the concept of a “psychosocial perfect storm.”

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