Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications & heart risks

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy:

Although there have been concerns voiced and many other
studies released on this issue here is a study that was just released yesterday
morning – the morning after Britney Murphey’s sudden death.
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Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications may increase the
risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke in women, a new study
indicates.

Antidepressants up heart disease risks

[Posted: Mon 21/12/2009 by Olivia Fens]

Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications may increase the
risk of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke in women, a new study
indicates.

According to researchers, from Uniformed Services University
in the US, women with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) who were taking
antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications had an increased risk of
cardiovascular events, compared to women not taking these
medications.

“It needs to be considered that taking antidepressant and
anti-anxiety medications may not be beneficial, and may in fact be harmful for
some women,” the researchers said.

The authors of the study, however,
said further research was needed to examine whether factors such as underlying
depression and anxiety, and not medications per se, may be responsible for these
results.

Nevertheless, they added that the findings of the study
emphasised the importance of emotional and psychosocial factors in women with
suspected coronary artery disease.

The paper was published in the journal
Heart.

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