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Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 — Depression can raise your risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm that’s been linked to stroke and heart failure, a new study suggests.
A person’s risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third if they either reported symptoms of depression or had been prescribed antidepressants, the investigators found.
Previous research has linked fright and anxiety to poor heart health, but this is the first to make a connection between depression and the heart, said lead researcher Dr. Parveen Garg. He’s an assistant professor of clinical medicine with the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.
“Our research emphasizes the link between mental health and cardiovascular health,” Garg said….
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