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4 Your Health: Blues over heart attack can be deadly

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Tucson- Depression after a heart attack may increase the risk of early death.

A new study tracked about 25,000 adults recently diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Patients who developed depression were twice as likely to die over the next decade than those without depression.

Experts said heart patients should get regular mental health screenings and get appropriate treatment if needed.

A new study finds very few smokers, hospitalized with heart problems, receive treatment to help them quit.

Researchers looked at over 36,000 patients who were active smokers when discharged from the hospital. Only 30 percent received at least one counseling session on quitting the habit, during their hospital stay.

Experts say hospitalization is an optimum time to educate smokers because they're more motivated to quit.

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