is a link between depression and coronary artery disease. People with heart disease
are more likely to get depression. And if a person has both depression and heart disease,
they may not stay as healthy as possible. They are less likely to take their medicines
and get regular exercise. And this may raise their risk of having a heart attack.
Watch for symptoms of depression
you to feel sad or hopeless much of the time. It's different from normal feelings
of sadness, grief, or low energy. Depression is a medical problem that needs treatment.
If you think you may be depressed, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment right
away. Untreated depression may get worse. And your heart disease may get worse too.
If you have heart disease, your doctor will probably ask you
some simple questions to check for any symptoms of depression. But if you think you
have symptoms of depression, do not wait to ask for help. Your doctor can help find
out if you are depressed and talk to you about your options for treatment.
your regular doctor visits, he or she might ask how often you have been bothered by
any of the following problems in past 2 weeks:
You don't have interest
or pleasure in doing things.
You feel down, depressed, or hopeless.
your doctor thinks you might have depression symptoms, he or she will ask you more
about your symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to another doctor who diagnoses and
Ask for help
If you think
you might be depressed, talk to your doctor. The sooner you know if you are depressed,
the sooner you can get treatment. Treating depression is good for your health.
people have concerns about seeking treatment for a mental health problem. You might
feel too embarrassed to ask for help. Or maybe you think that you'll get over depression
on your own. You may think it's a sign of weakness, or you don't want people to know
about it. It's important to overcome these reasons for not seeking treatment.
Take care of yourself
If you have depression and heart disease, try hard
to stay healthy. Having both of these conditions can make it hard to take your medicines
or do healthy things like exercise and eat right.
For help staying healthy when
you have depression, see the topic Depression.
For friends and family
you think that someone you know is depressed, the best thing you can do is to get
the person to see a doctor. The sooner someone with depression gets treatment, the
sooner he or she will feel better.
For more information on how you can help
your loved one, see the topics:
Lichtman JH, et al. (2008). Depression and coronary
heart disease: Recommendations for screening, referral, and treatment: A science advisory
from the American Heart Association Prevention Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular
Nursing, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and
Interdisciplinary Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research: Endorsed by the
American Psychiatric Association. Circulation, 118(17): 1768-1775.
et al. (2011). AHA/ACCF secondary prevention and risk reduction therapy for patients
with coronary and other atherosclerotic vascular disease: 2011 update: A guideline
from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Foundation.
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ByHealthwise Staff Primary
Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen
Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD -
Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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