Washington: A study led by an Indian origin researcher has found that depression or a history of suicide attempts in people who are younger than 40, especially young women, increases their risk for dying from heart disease.Amit Shah and his team from the Emory University School of Medicine analysed data from 7,641 people between the ages of 17 and 39 who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey-III (NHANES-III), and the deaths were tracked through 2006.“This is the first study looking at depression as a risk factor for heart disease specifically in young people,” Viola Vaccarino, senior author of the study, said.“We’re finding that depression is a remarkable risk factor for heart disease in young people. Among women, depression appears to be more important than traditional risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, obesity and diabetes which are not common in young women,” she said.They found that women with depression or a history of attempted suicide had a three times higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and a 14 times higher risk of dying from heart attack.The corresponding figures for men were 2.4 times higher risk for cardiovascular disease and 3.5 times higher risk for ischemic heart disease.
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