torstaina, huhtikuuta 27, 2006

Masennus sydänkohtauksen jälkeen

Alle 60-vuotiaat naiset näyttäisivät olevan vaaravyöhykkeessä sairastua masennukseen joutuessaan sairaalaan sydänkohtauksen takia. Asiasta kertoo tuoreessa Archives of Internal Medicine artikkelissa Susmita Mallik työryhmineen (Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA).

Susmita Mallik: Women and younger patients (age 60 years or younger) were more likely to be depressed than men and older patients, with younger women at highest risk. Researchers are not sure why younger women are most likely to be depressed after heart attack, but the authors suggest that hormones and social pressures may contribute to their increased risk. "Differential sex roles and exposure to social and environmental stressors, such as poverty, lower level of education, responsibilities both at work and home, single parenthood and caring for children and aging parents, could theoretically contribute to a higher preponderance of depression in younger women, who may have greater exposure to these stressors compared with other groups." (Arch Intern Med. 2006; 166: 876-883)

Lähde: Medical News Today, 26.4.2006