Susan M. Czajkowski, Ph.D.
Screening for depression and then providing a telephone-delivered, nurse-led “collaborative care” intervention following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery not only improves health-related quality of life, physical functioning and mood symptoms, but also lowers medical costs and is highly cost-effective compared to doctors’ usual care, according to NHLBI-supported researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Behavioural interventions work, but not for everyone, and weight regain is common. Are there better ways to treat obesity?
Heart failure leads to depression. Or is it the other way around? Doctors working on that medical chicken-or-egg issue long have realized an association between heart failure and depression. But questions still remain whether successful treatment of depression for those with heart failure can extend their lives. The University of Pittsburgh has landed a $7.3 million grant through the National Institutes of Health to try answering this question -- and more.
NIH-supported researchers have found that women younger than 50 with a recent heart attack are more likely to experience restricted blood flow to the heart (myocardial ischemia) in response to psychological stress.
Results from an NIH-supported study found that diabetes is strongly associated with socioeconomic status (SES): low income, low education, and low occupational status are all linked to a higher risk for diabetes. The researchers reported in this week's PLOS Medicine that a substantial part of it appears to be attributable to chronic inflammation.
Among male twin Vietnam veterans, those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were more than twice as likely to have heart disease 13 years after being diagnosed as twin vets without PTSD. The finding suggests that PTSD may be a risk factor for heart disease.
Male twin Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were more than twice as likely as those without PTSD to develop heart disease during a 13-year period, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a recent study led by researchers at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
Depression may inhibit the anti-inflammatory effects typically associated with physical activity and light-to-moderate alcohol consumption, according to NHLBI-supported researchers at Duke Medicine.