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Antidepressants linked to thicker arteries

Emory Medicine | Dec. 21, 2011

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Researchers studied male twins who both served in the Vietnam War.

Antidepressant use may lead to thicker arteries and contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, according to a study by Emory cardiology researchers.

Researchers studied male twins who both served in the Vietnam War to separate the effects of antidepressants from the depression itself, which also can heighten the risk of heart disease. The twin who took antidepressants had higher carotid intima-media thickness, even with standard heart disease risk factors taken into account.

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