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Reported May 23, 2013

Antidepressants Eases Stress-Induced Heart Condition

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Taking antidepressants may reduce the chances of developing the heart condition called mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia (MSIMI).

Researchers at Duke University conducted a study using 127 participants who had MSIMI, and randomly assigned each participant either the antidepressant Lexapro or a placebo.  At the final assessment after six weeks, the participants were put through a round of stress tests, then their heart function was tested.  Researchers found that those who had taken the antidepressants were 2.62 times less likely to develop MSIMI during the stress tests.  Those who had taken Lexapro also reported feeling more in control and feeling calmer compared to those who had taken the placebo.

For more information, go to: http://www.dukehealth.org/health_library/news/antidepressant-reduces-stress-induced-heart-condition

SOURCE:  JAMA, May 2013

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