Older men - but not women - who suffer from depression have a greater risk of dying from coronary heart disease, according to new research from Tulane University.
Researchers found that older men who showed signs of depression had a 40% greater risk of death from heart disease than those who did not. The study does not explain the gender disparity, but researchers speculated that men may suffer more severe depression and be less likely to seek help than women. Genetic and hormonal differences could also play a role.
The findings suggest that screening older men for depression could be a possible intervention for fighting heart disease.Read more at Tulane University