ACR: Depression and CVD Linked in Patients with Lupus

PHILADELPHIA – For patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, depression further increases their already elevated risk for cardiovascular disease, researchers said here.

In these patients, depression was associated with a nearly four-fold greater risk of subclinical atherosclerosis (OR 3.85, 95% CI 1.37 to 10.87), Carol Greco, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, reported at the meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

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