Heart Disease Linked to Worse Quality of Life

Reported mental and physical health worse in American adults with coronary heart disease

TUESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- American adults with coronary heart disease report lower mental and physical health and quality of life compared with those without coronary heart disease, according to a report published online July 14 in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Jipan Xie, M.D., Ph.D., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues investigated patient-reported health status measures using data from 37,386 U.S. adults, of whom 2,091 had coronary heart disease, from the 2000 and 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys.

The researchers found that adults with coronary heart disease reported significantly worse mental and physical health and quality of life. Compared with whites, there were wider differences on most measures between blacks with and without coronary heart disease, and compared with non-Hispanics, there was a wider difference in mental health scores for Hispanics with and without coronary heart disease.

"Coronary heart disease is associated with significant impairment of health-related quality of life and other patient-reported health statuses in the U.S. adult population," Xie and colleagues conclude. "Differences in the impairment associated with coronary heart disease exist across different age, racial and ethnic groups."

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