Depression may increase the risk of heart failure, a new study suggests.

Researchers looked at nearly 63,000 people in Norway who underwent physical and mental healthassessments.

Over 11 years, close to 1,500 of the participants developed heart failure. Compared to people with no symptoms of depression, those with mild symptoms were 5 percent more likely to develop heart failure, and those with moderate to severe symptoms had a 40 percent increased risk.

The study was scheduled for presentation Friday at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Stavanger, Norway.

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