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Women more depressed after heart attack

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Women more depressed after heart attack

EDMONTON, Alberta, July 14 (UPI) -- Women are more likely than men to have lingering depression after suffering heart attacks, Canadian researchers said.

A study by the University of Alberta and McGill University found that 14.3 percent of women had worsening depression one year after their initial myocardial infarctions. Eleven percent of men studied had a similar experience.

Results of the study were published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

"The findings are of concern because depression impedes recovery and ultimately, the quality of life in patients following a heart event," said lead author Colleen Norris, an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, said Friday in a release.

Norris said women are less likely to be referred to or to attend cardiac rehabilitation, and therefore don't have access to the support and assistance to make necessary lifestyle changes

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