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Author: Guest Contributor

Date: October 20th, 2008

Two studies have been published recently that talk about depression—but not as a stand-alone diagnosis. They discuss both heart disease and diabetes and the high comorbidity of depression.

The American Heart Association reports that depression is 3 times more common in heart patients compared to the general population. In the Circulation report, the authors point out that only half of heart doctors say they treat depression in their patients. About a week after this report came out, another study was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, which found that participants in the study, who had previously been diagnosed with diabetes, had a 36-38% increased risk of (all-cause) death if the also had depression (which was assessed by both a physician diagnosis and reported antidepressant use). As you can see from these two studies, depression is still often under-diagnosed in patients with comorbid conditions. When educating patients and physicians about diabetes, heart disease and other conditions, perhaps information about depression should be included, too.

This post was written by Valerie Hagan, former Health Programs Coordinator at the Alliance.


A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

FDA Needs More Funding to Fulfill Its Mission

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: March 18th, 2008

Spending or Investing? -- The Silver Book & Innovation

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: March 26th, 2008

A Q & A with Prof. Pieter Kappetein from Medtronic

Author: Alliance Staff

Date: February 20th, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Does It Mean for Older Adults?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2018

HROTW: Learn about Age-Related Macular Degeneration in 60 Seconds

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: December 20th, 2017

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