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J Geriatr Cardiol. 2011 Jun;8(2):121-6. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1263.2011.00121.

Pharmacologic treatment of depression in patients with myocardial infarction.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Dunedin School of Medicine, Dunedin Public Hospital, University of Otago, Dunedin 9001, New Zealand.


Depression is a common medical problem and is more prevalent among patients with coronary artery disease. Whether early detection and treatment of depression will enhance cardiovascular outcome is uncertain. Obviously, the safety and efficacy of the anti-depression drugs is an important link. This article reviews the patho-physiologic and behavioural links between depression and cardiovascular disease progression, the treatment of depression, and the potential benefits of anti-depressants in patients with coronary disease.


coronary disease; depression; pharmacologic treatment

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