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Vascular Depression: Cardiovascular Implications for Mental Health

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Research over the past two decades has contributed to our understanding of the intriguing hypothesis that vascular disease burden contributes to the onset and maintenance of depression in older people. Despite the fact that this hypothesis is arguably most relevant to older adults who have the greatest prevalence of vascular risk factors, relatively little vascular depression research has specifically addressed the broader gerontological context in which this proposed syndrome occurs. This review outlines several ways in which the vascular depression hypothesis could be extended to (1) connect with other geriatric syndromes that have potential vascular contributions including mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and frailty, (2) reflect reciprocal relationships between vascular burden and mental health, and (3) describe the potential role of psychosocial risk factors within this framework. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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                        Vascular Depression:
                        Cardiovascular Implications
                        for Mental Health

                        Benjamin T. Mast




                                                  ABSTRACT
            Research over the past two decades has contributed to our understanding of the
            intriguing hypothesis that vascular disease burden contributes to the onset and
            maintenance of depression in older people. Despite the fact that this hypothesis
            is arguably most relevant to older adults who have the greatest prevalence of
            vascular risk factors, relatively little vascular depression research has specifically
            addressed the
								
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