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20% of heart failure patients develop clinical depression claims a research group. This depression increases the risk of failing health, hospitalization and death. Risk factors for developing depression following heart failure include: patient lives alone, treatment costs are worrisome, history of alcoholism and poor heart failure scores. The risk of developing clinical depression if none of these factors was present was 8%, one factor was 15% and two or three factors was 36-39%.
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About: Depression frequently associated with heart failure
Date: 27 December 2004
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