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Can depression cause heart disease to a 15 year old (men)?

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Can depression cause heart disease to a 15 year old (men)?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 2 years ago.
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Depression is thought to be an imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain. As such, it cannot "cause" heart disease." Heart disease consists of many different kinds of problems. Most any of them can coexist with depression, just as you can have thyroid disease and high blood pressure at the same time. Neither "causes" the other.
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