AHA Wants All Heart Patients Screened For Depression
September 30, 2008
Washington (ChattahBox) – The American Heart Association has issued new recommendations for heart patients,a s they want all to be regularly screened for depression.
The AHA published their recommendations in the journal Circulation, in hopes of fighting depression in those with heart disease.
Heart attack survivors have been found to fbe far more likely to suffer from depression.
Depression is three times more common in heart patients than in normal people.
The hope is that by screening these heart patients, they can improve their quality of life.
Heart patients who suffer from depression are more likely to do things to harm their health, including skipping exercise, medicine, etc.
The AHA wants to make depression screenings as common as blood pressure and cholesterol tests.