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Controlling depression is associated with improved health for heart-failure patients
Date:10/31/2012

therapies that leverage the connections between the mind and the body and help heart-failure patients stabilize their condition.

"Our new study is just the tip of the iceberg, since the relationship between the body and mind is extremely complex," said Wei Jiang, senior author of the study and director of the Neuropsychocardiology Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center.

"Researchers and practitioners increasingly recognize that the mind and the body have powerful connections, which is promising since they have been segregated for years," Jiang added. "This kind of interdisciplinary research can help find answers to how physical health affects mental health, and vice versa, and inform the development of clinical practices that recognize this approach."

Xiong and Jiang also recommend further research to delineate why some patients respond to depression medications while others do not.

"There may be underlying genetic or other physiological differences, such as inflammatory markers, that alter the opportunities for treatments to work optimally," said Xiong. "Knowing that relieving depression can be accompanied by broad physical health benefits, we want to be able to identify ways to make treatment modalities as helpful as possible for as many people as possible, especially for those with serious heart disease."


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Contact: Karen Finney
karen.finney@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
916-734-9064
University of California - Davis Health System
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