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J Insur Med. 1999;31(1):4-7.

Mortality risk in patients with coronary artery disease and depression.

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  • 1Worldwide Medical Research and Development, General and Cologne Life, Stamford, CT 06905, USA.


Investigators at Duke University Medical Center studied the impact of depression on long-term mortality risk in patients with significant coronary artery disease (CAD), defined as > or = 75% narrowing of > or = 1 coronary artery. Participants were classified after testing into nondepressed, mildly depressed and moderately to severely depressed groups. From 5-10 years after the first cardiac catheterization, the mortality ratios were progressively high for the more depressed cohort.

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