Mental Depression - Heart Attack

Men with mental depression have twice the risk of having a heart attack as men who have not had depression.

This finding was reported in the American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study was conducted over a forty year period and included approximately 1200 male medical students going back to 1948.

Other factors such as blood cholesterol, blood pressure, cigarette smoking and physical activity were the same in those men who had depression as in those who did not have this condition.

Emotional factors play a major part in many diseases.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

Return to Medical Moments Page
Return to Dr. Ted's Home Page
Go to the School of Medicine's Home Page

This page is maintained by David M. Pilasky of the Office of Information Systems and was last updated September 28th, 1998.