Depression raises the risk of death among people with heart failure

Depression raises the risk of death among people with heart failure, according to recent research. “Our results show that depression is strongly associated with death during the year following discharge from hospital after an admission for the exacerbation of heart failure; we expect that the link persists beyond one year.”  Psych Central

Navidian, A. et al. The Effect of Self-Care Education on the Awareness, Attitude, and Adherence to Self-Care Behaviors in Hospitalized Patients Due to Heart Failure with and without Depression. PLoS One, 19 June 2015

 

Depression linked to cardiovascular disease risk in rheumatoid arthritis

Depressive symptoms, stress, anger/anxiety, and level of social support may affect cardiovascular risk in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a longitudinal cohort study. Medscape

YL Liu et al(2015)  Psychosocial comorbidities are differentially associated with subclinical atherosclerosis in rheumatoid arthritis: Comparison with MESA Arthritis Care & Research