For some patients with heart disease, taking antidepressants may reduce the risk of heart problems brought on by mental stress, a new study suggests.
Researchers looked at patients with myocardial ischemia — a condition in which the heart doesn't get enough blood — as they performed mentally stressful activities.
All of the patients also had coronary heart disease, or a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
Patients in the study who took the antidepressant escitalopram (sold as Lexapro) were about 2.5 times less likely than those who took a placebo to experience myocardial ischemia triggered by mental stress.
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