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Susmita Parashar, Dr. Mallik graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India in 1996. She attended State University of New York, Syracuse, NY for her Internal Medicine internship from 1997 to 1998. After completing her residency at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA in 2000, she joined the Division of General Internal Medicine at Emory University as an academic faculty member.
In 2003, she became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory. She completed her Master of Public Health and Master of Science from Emory in 2005.
|African-American patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) and previously treated depression that persists at their MI hospitalization have an increased risk of post-MI death, according to Emory researcher Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH.|
Parashar, a member of the cardiology division, Emory University School of Medicine, presented findings Nov. 12 at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference in New Orleans.
"Our study shows that prior depression that persists at the time of MI may indicate a more severe, enduring or recurrent depression," says Parashar. "Thus, it is important to screen and identify persistent depressive symptoms at the time of hospitalization for MI because targeting of interventions regarding persistent depression may improve outcomes."
Often referred to as a heart attack, MI occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart is interrupted. This decreased blood supply is commonly due to blockage of a coronary artery and if left untreated can cause damage and/or death (infarction) of heart muscle tissue.
Classical symptoms of acute MI include sudden chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, palpatations, sweating and anxiety.
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