Depression May Be Linked to Inflammatory Signals of Heart Disease

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Men who are depressed have higher levels of inflammatory markers associated with coronary heart disease than men who are not, according to a study reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Some observational studies have linked depression with heart disease, which includes angina, non-fatal and fatal heart attacks, but the mechanism underlying the association is unknown.

Lead author Jean P. Empana, M.D., M.P.H., D.H., in the epidemiology department at Paul Brousse Hospital in Villejuif, France, said, "This is the first study investigating the respective contribution to coronary heart disease (CHD) of depression and inflammatory markers.

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