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Heart Health

02 December 2010

Suicide risk increases after heart attack

People are more likely to commit suicide in the wake of a heart attack, and some are more at risk than others, a new study shows.

People are more likely to commit suicide in the wake of a heart attack, and some are more at risk than others, a new study shows.

The findings, based on nationwide data from Denmark and reported in Circulation, are not a surprise, study author Dr Karen Kjaer Larsen of Aarhus University in Denmark said. "We know that many patients with myocardial infarction suffer from anxiety and depression," she said. "Our study shows that the mental pain due to MI for some people is so strong that they commit suicide."

 

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