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Women More Likely Than Men To Suffer Depression, Anxiety After Heart Attack

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A new study suggests women are more likely than men to suffer anxiety and depression after a heart attack.

Researchers from the European Society of Cardiologysay patients with depression were six times more likely to die within six months after a heart attack than those without depression. The risk lasts 18 months after the heart attack.

Major depression follows a heart attack in approximately 18 percent of cases. The World Health Organization predicts depression will be the second leading cause of disability and death in the world by 2020.