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Depression – a sign of heart disease?

A link between depression and heart disease, the leading cause of heart attacks does exist but the relationship between the two is more complex than we realise. People with depression are 30% more likely to develop heart disease than those without it. But a recent study of 150 000 people aged 45 years or older undertaken over 5 years has found that depression can be an important sign of heart disease rather than a direct cause.

Co-author of the study and PHD Candidate at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University, Jennifer Welsh chatted with us on the Daily. 

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