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Quality of life and baseline characteristics associated with depressive symptoms among patients with heart disease

Authors Rejai S, Giardino ND, Krishnan S, Ockene IS, Rubenfire M, Jackson EA

Received 16 December 2011

Accepted for publication 11 January 2012

Published 24 July 2012 Volume 2012:4(1) Pages 181—186


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Sepehr Rejai,1 Nicholas D Giardino,2 Sangeetha Krishnan,1,3 Ira S Ockene,4 Melvyn Rubenfire,3 Elizabeth A Jackson1,3

Michigan Cardiovascular Research and Reporting Program, 2Department of Psychiatry, 3Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; 4Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA, USA

Abstract: We sought to examine factors associated with depressive symptoms among patients with heart disease. Data from 197 patients admitted for coronary artery disease were examined using multivariate predictive models. Women and unmarried patients were more likely to report depressive symptoms. In multivariate models, we observed that depressive symptoms were associated with the level of tangible social (but not emotional) support, bodily pain, and vitality, but not the number of comorbidities, gender, or marital status.

Keywords: heart disease, quality of life, depression

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