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June 28, 2006

depression hurts? not as badly as broken heart syndrome

Filed under: category euthanized,Wisdom — Sagacious Himself @ 9:43 pm

Broken Heart Syndrome

The research linking anger to heart problems has a long history that
goes back to at least the 1960s, when California cardiologists Meyer
Friedman and Ray Rosenman first coined the term “type A” to describe
edgy, impatient people and showed that these people were more likely to
have heart attacks.

Depression Congestion

But anger isn’t the only kind of unhappiness that can harm the
heart. Researchers in Norway discovered that patients with congestive
heart failure who also suffered from severe depression were four times
more likely to die within two years of treatment than patients who
weren’t depressed.

The study, published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
last November, included 119 patients suffering from congestive heart
failure. Of the 20 patients who died from cardiac disease during the
two-year study, 25% were depressed, compared to the 11.3% who were not

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