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Depression major determinant for developing heart disease

Depression has been recently linked to an increase in incidence and morbidity from heart disease, just as much as smoking and hypertension. There is growing belief that blood pressure medications may worsen the symptoms of depression, with the possibility of developing into a mood disorder. Medications include beta-blockers (e.g. atenolol), calcium channel blockers (e.g. verapamil), angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or ACE inhibitors and diuretics. However, medications to treat depression are undersubscribed according to this study. Physicians also need to become more attuned to detecting depression in patients presenting with heart disease associated symptoms. Current interest from this study is towards treating depression on the background of heart disease to improve the ultimate outcome for the patient.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by University of Florida Health Science Centre

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About: Depression major determinant for developing heart disease

Date: 23 May 2005

Source: University of Florida Health Science Centre


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