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Risks Elevated for Post-Heart Attack Depression in Women

Although the incidence of a post-heart attack case of depression isn't unusual, women under age 61 are more prone to a case of the blues than others, according to a study of some 2,500 men and women who suffered a heart attack over an 18-month period.

The mean for heart-attack patients becoming depressed, says the lead researcher, is 22 percent. Almost twice the number of women below age 61 -- 40 percent -- succumbed to depression, higher than any other age group reported in the study.

On the other hand, men in the same under age 61 category who became depressed corresponded to the aforementioned 22 percent mean. And the numbers for men (15 percent) and women (21 percent) above age 60 were lower still.

Fortunately, one of the best treatments for men and women battling depression and heart disease -- starting an exercise program today -- is also one of the safest.

Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 166, No. 8, April 24, 2006: 876-883

Yahoo News April 25, 2006

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