Broken heart: depression in cardiovascular disease.


Journal Article

Heart disease and depression are among the most common diseases seen in developed countries. The relation-ship between heart disease and depression has been the subject of both popular interest and scientific research. Sadness is often portrayed as a feeling of heaviness in the chest or as a "broken heart." Interestingly as we learn more about the expression of emotions, it appears that these perceptions may simply be the language representation of somatic feelings. Large, prospective, longitudinal studies that have examined the relationship between depression and development of coronary artery disease (CAD) have shown that depression is a risk factor for the development of CAD. Depression also increases mortality in patients with stable CAD or myocardial infarction compared with patients without depression. The recent Sertraline AntiDepressant HeARt attack Trial (SADHART) has shown that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like sertraline can be safely used in patients with depression following myocardial infarction. There is also intriguing evidence that treating depression with antidepressants may improve outcomes, including mortality.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krishnan, KRR

Published Date

  • June 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 167 - 174

PubMed ID

  • 22034195

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22034195

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1294-8322


  • eng

Conference Location

  • France