By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Patients with depression symptoms were 50% more likely to experience a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or a mini stroke.

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The theory is that they don’t take as good care of themselves as non-depressed patients. We know that depressed patients are less likely to eat healthy, exercise, and take their medications as prescribed.

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It’s a very important concept and it’s a concept that you have to realize is all part of the overall quality of life.

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It is also a warning for those who do not suffer from depression. Lifestyle changes make a big difference.