Anxiety, depression, other mental distress may increase heart attack, stroke risk in adults over 45

Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes Journal Report

Study Highlights:

  • Anxiety, depression and other mental distress was associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke among adults ages 45 or older, even after factoring for lifestyle behaviors and disease history.
  • The associations were slightly stronger for stroke among women than men.
  • The risk of a heart attack was higher than expected among men ages 45 to 79 with high levels of mental distress.

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