(HealthDay News) — Patients who have heart disease and take cholesterol-lowering medicines known as statins are less likely to develop depression than those not on such drugs, a new study suggests.
For the study, Dr. Mary Whooley of the San Francisco VA Medical Center and colleagues evaluated 965 heart disease patients for depression. The researchers found those taking statins were less likely to be depressed.
Next, they followed the 776 who were not depressed for another six years. Of those, 520 were taking statins; the others were not.