Key clinical point: Women with coronary heart disease were more likely than men to experience severe depression (28.7% vs. 18.8%).
Major finding: Compared with male patients, women had higher levels of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, more comorbidities, more somatic symptoms, and higher income, as well as lower resilience, self-esteem, quality of life, education, smoking, and physical activity.
Study details: The data come from a cross-sectional study of 1,022 adults aged 30-80 years with cardiac disease.
Disclosures: The study was funded by a Swiss Government Excellence Fellowship for Foreign Scholars and the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft, Basel, Switzerland. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.
Allabadi H et al. BMC Psychiatr. 2019. doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2267-4.