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Older Antidepressants Linked to Heart Risk

Tricyclic Antidepressants Associated With 35% Increased Risk of Heart Disease

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In a statement, Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, says, “The results of this research should be interpreted with caution. The study wasn’t originally set up to assess the effect of anti-depressants on heart disease risk, but it raised some questions.

 “We know that findings like these can turn out to be red herrings, so before firm conclusions can be drawn there needs to be more research looking closely at the effects of these drugs on your heart."

She agrees with Hamer that people with depression are more likely to have unhealthy lifestyle habits. “By addressing these lifestyle factors you can lower your risk of heart disease and help keep your heart healthy,” she says.

The study is published online in the European Heart Journal.

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