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Depression a risky symptom after heart attack

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you're a man recovering from a heart attack and you're feeling low, you're at much greater risk for an illness or death.

So say British researchers at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham; their study found that depression hits male heart patients very hard. Men who were depressed at some time in the preceding 10 years were three times more likely to develop heart disease than the control group. And men who already had ischemic heart disease were more at risk for a later attack or illness.

Depression was not a risk factor for heart disease in women, the researchers said.

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