Depression is an important predictor of morbidity and mortality in patients with coronary disease, particularly after myocardial infarction, independent of previous cardiac history or CAD severity. Depression also is associated with poor long-term psychosocial outcomes. The prevalence of major depression among post-MI patients is 15 to 20%, with an additional 27% reporting symptoms of minor depression. This article briefly reviews the literature on depression in patients with coronary disease, including previously published efforts to treat the disorder in this group. A case review then is provided, highlighting important aspects of treatment.
- Cognitive therapy
- Coronary artery disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)