February 24, 2012

Happy Heart Patients on Statins

1 Statins Are Linked with Lower Depression Risk

Heart disease patients who take statins may be less likely to become depressed, finds a new study. Published in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the research reveals that patients with heart disease who took the cholesterol-lowering drugs were significantly less likely to become clinically depressed when compared to patients who didn't take the drugs. Results after several years of following some of the patients showed that those who took statins had a 38 percent reduced risk of developing depression compared to patients who didn't take the drugs. Researcher Mary Whooley, MD, says that the findings suggest that the drugs could have "some kind of long-term protective effect against depression, perhaps by helping to prevent atherosclerosis in the brain."

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Statin Drugs May Reduce Lung Infection Damage

Tags: Depression and Heart Disease, Depression Medication, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Statin Studies, Mary Whooley, Off Label Statin

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