Depression a 'Powerful' Risk Factor for Heart Disease in Young Women

Young women are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die of heart disease if they suffer from depression, a new study suggests in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
“For many people, antidepressants are very beneficial and help them get rid of the depression,” said Charles L. Raison, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona. But he says treating the depression will not make cardiac disease disappear. Yet there is something that can reduce your depression and your heart health, Dr. Raison said: “Because you don’t know that treating one will treat the other, you want to treat both. The way to treat both is exercise.” 

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