Anxiety, depression identify heart disease patients at increased risk of dying

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Anxiety, depression identify heart disease patients at increased risk of dying


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Anxiety, depression identify heart disease patients at increased risk of dying | American Heart Association

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Heart disease patients who have anxiety have twice the risk of dying from any cause compared to those without anxiety.
Patients with both anxiety and depression had triple the risk of dying.
The findings suggest more frequent monitoring is needed for heart patients with anxiety and depression.

EMBARGOED UNTIL 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
DALLAS, March 19, 2013 — Heart disease patients who have anxiety have twice the risk of dying from any cause compared to those without anxiety, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Patients with both anxiety and depression have triple the risk of dying, researchers said.

“Many studies have linked depression to an increased risk of death in heart disease patients,” said Lana Watkins, Ph.D., lead author of the study and an associate professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. “However, anxiety hasn’t received as much attention.”

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Future studies should test strategies to manage anxiety alone and with depression in heart disease patients, Watkins said.

“Anxiety reducing medications combined with stress management could improve outcome for patients with just anxiety, whereas patients with anxiety and depression may need a stronger intervention involving more frequent outpatient monitoring and incentives to improve adherence,” she said.

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