Smoking, depression after heart attack could cause another

June 23, 2008 2:25:52 PM PDT
Depression or continued smoking after a heart attack increases chances of another heart attack or death, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study found that nearly one in five people have chest pain or angina a year after a heart attack. One of the strongest associations with chest pain in this group was depression or smoking.

Authors say the ideal care after a heart attack for these patients may be to require routine screening for depressive symptoms and to help smokers quit.