Infarct raises partner depression risk: study

Researchers compared 16,500 spouses of people who died from MI with >49,500 spouses of people who died from other causes in Denmark.

Partners of fatal MI cases were more than three times as likely to use antidepressants after the event compared to the previous year while partners of people dying from other causes had twice the risk. Even spouses of MI survivors had a 17% increased risk of using the drugs.

The authors advise depression screening for spouses after serious medical events.
Eur Heart J 2012; online 22 August