Journal article

Mild Depression Predicts Long-Term Mortality After Acute Myocardial Infarction: A 25-Year Follow-Up

Marian U Worcester, Alan J Goble, Peter C Elliott, Erika S Froelicher, Barbara M Murphy, Alison J Beauchamp, Michael Jelinek, David L Hare

HEART LUNG AND CIRCULATION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Past studies have found that depression is an independent predictor of death in patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Our aim was to investigate whether the adverse effect upon mortality of depression, including mild levels, persisted up to 25 years. METHODS: We used an historical design to study patients who had been consecutively admitted to hospital after transmural AMI during the 1980s and enrolled in an exercise training trial. The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) was administered to 188 patients in the third week after hospital admission. Scores were trichotomised and classified as low (0-5), mild (6-9) or moderate to severe (≥10) depression. The Australian Natio..

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