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Heart Fail Rev. 2009 Mar;14(1):7-12. Epub 2007 Oct 23.

Treatment of depression in patients with congestive heart failure.

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Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University, 622 W. 168 St., Box 427, New York, NY 10032, USA. pas3@columbia.edu

Abstract

Heart failure is common, and depression is common in heart failure patients, adding substantially to the burden of the disease. There is some evidence for the safe and at least modestly effective use of psychotherapy and antidepressants to treat depression in heart failure patients. Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are first line treatments. The efficacy of depression treatment in altering cardiac outcomes in heart failure patients has yet to be established.

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17955364
DOI:
10.1007/s10741-007-9058-6
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