Heart disease and depression: Don't ignore the relationship
David Eric Kemp, MD
Department of Psychiatry, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Shishuka Malhotra, MD
Private Practice, Massillon, OH
Kathleen N. Franco, MD
Head, Section of Consultation Liaison, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, The Cleveland Clinic
George Tesar, MD
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, The Cleveland Clinic
David L. Bronson, MD
Chairman, Division of Regional Medical Practice, Acting Chairman, Division of Medicine, The Cleveland Clinic
Address: Kathleen Franco, MD, Head, Section of Consultation Liaison, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, P57, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195; E-mail: email@example.com
Dr. Malhotra has indicated that she has received grant or research support from the Pfizer corporation, serves as a consultant for the Ortho-McNeil corporation, and is on the speakers’ bureaus of the Ortho-McNeil and Pfizer corporations.
Dr. Franco has indicated that she is on the speakers’ bureau of the Pfizer corporation.
ABSTRACTEvidence is mounting that depression is a risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease and portends a worse outcome in cardiac patients. Depression can be easily diagnosed and safely treated in cardiac patients, but it is undertreated.