Magazine article Aging Today

Treatment of Depression Linked to Preventing Heart Attacks, Stroke

Magazine article Aging Today

Treatment of Depression Linked to Preventing Heart Attacks, Stroke

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Managing blood pressure and cholesterol, and stopping smoking are all important for decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. But a new School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis study, "Effect of Collaborative Care for Depression on Risk of Cardiovascular Events: Data from the IMPACT Randomized Controlled Trial," for the first time shows that treating depression before signs of cardiovascular disease can decrease the risk of future heart attacks.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, depression affects more than 6.5 million Americans ages 65 and older.

"Previous studies we and others have conducted indicate that depression is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Jesse C. Stewart, who led the study. "But past depression treatment studies involving cardiac patients have not shown the anticipated cardiovascular benefits. …

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