For people with heart disease, high levels of stress coupled with depression increase the risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.

“We found that the combination of high stress and high depression symptoms was particularly harmful for adults with heart disease during an early vulnerability period,” said lead author Carmela Alcantara of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Alcantara and colleagues followed more than 4,400 people age 45 and older with coronary heart disease, a buildup of plaque in the arteries which is the most common form of heart disease.

– Kathryn Doyle

Source: Stress, depression boost risks for heart patients | Reuters