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Stela Vasileiou, Theodoros Kapadohos, Antonia Kalogianni, Kallirhoe Kourea, Andrianna Magita, Niki Pavlatou, Maria Polikandrioti

Saturday, January 1, 2022

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Pages: 87-101

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7027442


Introduction: Depression is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in cardiovascular diseases and poor health outcomes. The aim of this study was to explore depression in women population. Material and method: The sample of the study included 300 women who had undergone cardiological evaluation in the outpatient clinic of a private hospital in Attica. Data collection was performed by completion of the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) which included women’s characteristics. The level of statistical significance was set at p<0.05. Results: Of the 300 women who participated in the study 78.7% were married and 42.7% were working, while the mean age was 61.1±9.8 years. Regarding depression as was measured by SDS, 50% of women had a median of less than 38 and the mean was 38.4±8.0. These values in relation to the possible range (20-80) indicate moderate to low levels of depression. Statistically significant higher depression scores were obtained by women with heart disease in their medical history (p=0.006), with a history of allergies (p=0.088) and those women who had not undergone a 24hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (p=0.018). Conclusions: The present findings underly the importance of screening depression when women undergo cardiological evaluation.

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