Journal article

Self-reported depression and cardiovascular risk factors in a community sample of women

Felice N Jacka, Julie A Pasco, Stephen McConnell, Lana J Williams, Mark A Kotowicz, Geoff C Nicholson, Michael Berk

PSYCHOSOMATICS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

The authors examined data collected from a randomly selected, representative sample of 755 women (ages 23-97 years) from southeastern Australia. Self-report questionnaires were utilized to determine lifetime rates of depression and cardiovascular risk factors within the study sample. A lifetime history of depression (LHx) was reported by 145 women (19.20%). There were no associations between indices of weight, cholesterol levels, hypertension, inactivity, diabetes, and LHx. However, a history of smoking increased the odds of reporting an LHx, whereas women with self-reported angina were more than four times more likely to report an age-adjusted LHx.