For your heart – depression may be as risky as obesity and cholesterol

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The risk of death by cardiovascular diseases due to depression may be just as great as that posed by high cholesterol levels and obesity, a study has found.

Worldwide 350 million people are affected by depression, according to the World Health Organisation.

“Our study shows that the risk of a fatal cardiovascular disease due to depression is almost as great as that due to elevated cholesterol levels or obesity,” said Karl-Heinz Ladwig, professor at Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany.

Depression accounted for nearly 15 per cent of the cardiovascular deaths.

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