What Should Psychiatrists and Cardiologists Know About Depression and Cardiovascular Disease?

Posted on November 13, 2016

The ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ was first reported in 1963 when widowers became depressed after spousal bereavement and subsequently had a high risk of mortality from heart disease a year after bereavement. The syndrome highlighted a possible link between Depression and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) for the first time.


Depression and Cardiovascular Disease

Hare, D. et al., Depression and cardiovascular disease: a clinical review, European Heart Journal (2014) 35, 1365-1372.

Depression and Cardiac Mortality

Seymour, J., & Benning, T. B. (2009). Depression, cardiac mortality and all-cause mortality. Advances in psychiatric treatment, 15(2), 107-113.

Depression and Prognosis after MI

Frasure-Smith, N., Lespérance, F., & Talajic, M. (1995). Depression and 18-month prognosis after myocardial infarction. Circulation, 91(4), 999-1005.