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Your Health: 1-30-13 Depression meds and the heart

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Some people who take certain medications for depression may have an increased risk of developing an abnormal heart beat.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston say certain antidepressants, including Celexa and Lexapro may extend the length of electrical activity in the heart, called a QT interval.  A long QT interval is an indicator of abnormal heart rhythms.

Researchers do admit that the occurrence is rare.

Experts say people on these medications should not just stop their medicine, but rather discuss it with their physician.

The finding appears in the journal, BMJ.

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