Antidepressant link to heart attack survival, study finds

May 14, 2009 2:08:24 PM PDT
A new study finds people who suffered fatal cardiac arrest were more likely to have taken antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs than those who survived heart attacks. The findings haven't been confirmed elsewhere and it's not clear whether the medications directly cause any problems.

Researchers say those who take the drugs could have other medical issues that contribute to a higher death rate.

Scientists say further studies are needed but there is no indication that anyone needs to change the drugs that they take for conditions such as depression and anxiety.