SSRI use may prevent stress-related heart condition, study says

05/23/2013 | HealthDay News

Use of escitalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor commonly used as an antidepressant, was linked to a nearly threefold reduced risk of mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia in heart disease patients compared with placebo, a U.S. study showed. The escitalopram group also tended to have healthy heart function changes, and feel calmer than those who took placebo. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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