Depression and onset of cardiovascular disease in the US middle-aged and older adults

TitleDepression and onset of cardiovascular disease in the US middle-aged and older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsXiang, X, An, R
JournalAging and Mental Health
KeywordsHealth Conditions and Status, Healthcare, Risk Taking

Objectives: To examine the relationship between depression and onset of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among the US middle-aged and older adults. Methods: The study sample came from 1992-2010 waves of the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative longitudinal survey, consisting of 8597 community-dwelling adults aged 51-61 years old in 1992 with no CVD history. A score of 3 on the 8-item Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale was used to define clinically relevant depressive symptoms. Kaplan-Meier estimator and Cox proportional hazards model were performed to examine the association between baseline depressive symptoms and future CVD event. Subgroup analyses were conducted by sex and race/ethnicity. Results: Compared with their counterparts without clinically relevant depressive symptoms, adults with clinically relevant depressive symptoms in 1992 were 27 (hazard ratio HR = 1.27, 95 confidence interval = 1.17-1.39) more likely to report new diagnosis of CVD during the 18 years of follow-up. A significant dose-response relationship was present between severity of depressive symptoms and elevated CVD risk. The adjusted HRs for males and Hispanics appeared moderately larger than for their female and non-Hispanic white or African American counterparts, although the differences were not statistically significant. Conclusion: Holistic promotion of mental health through prevention, education, treatment, and rehabilitation is warranted to reduce CVD risk in the US middle-aged and older population.

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depression/cardiovascular disease/Depressive Symptoms/CES Depression Scale/CES Depression Scale/cardiovascular disease/MENTAL HEALTH/DEPRESSION/risk factors/PSYCHIATRY

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