(HealthDay News) -- Being well-informed about their disease may lead to depression in women with heart failure who repress their anger and other emotions about their condition, according to new research.
The study included 35 women with heart failure who were taking medication to manage the disease, and had symptoms such as shortness of breath and swelling in the legs and abdomen.
The women's coping styles affected their levels of depression or anxiety. The less they discussed or expressed their emotions, the more likely they were to have depression and anxiety symptoms, the Ohio State University researchers said.
The investigators also found that some of the women felt worse emotionally when they had more information about heart disease. For women who tend to deny their emotions, less knowledge about their disease may be better, according to the researchers.
The findings suggest that health care professionals should consider individual patients' coping styles when educating them about their condition. Read more...
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