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jartMedscape (5/27, Boughton) reported that, according to “a long-term analysis of Sertraline Antidepressant Heart Attack Randomized Trial (SADHART)” data presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting, “patients who fail to recover from depression after an acute episode of myocardial infarction…or unstable angina have double the mortality rate of those who return to psychological health — even seven years after the initial cardiac event.” In addition, investigators “from the SADHART trial also found that patients who had more severe depression — with a score of greater than 18 on the Hamilton Depression Rating…scale — were twice as likely to die as those with fewer symptoms seven years after being hospitalized for acute coronary syndromes.” And, “during the same panel presentation,” Erika Froelicher, PhD, said that “15…to 20 percent of cardiac patients meet the criteria for a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed (DSM-IV) disorder.”

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