Many patients with cardiovascular disease also experience psychiatric symptoms and distress. Patients with psychiatric problems, particularly depression, may be more susceptible to cardiovascular disorders. The presence of depression aggravates the course of the disease and is associated with reduced compliance to prescribed medications and secondary prevention measures. Cardiologists and psychiatrists therefore need an awareness of these problems and to know how to assess their effect in a given patient, how to treat one disorder in the context of another and how to manage the whole patient, not isolated symptoms.
Depression and Heart Disease is the first book devoted to the interaction between these common disorders. World leaders in cardiology and psychiatry synthesize current evidence, including some previously unpublished data, in a concise, easy–to–read format. They succinctly describe the epidemiology, pathogenesis (including cytokines and genetics) and risk factors of the comorbidity between depression and heart disease. The book also reviews the best pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches for people with this comorbidity.
Its practical approach makes the book ideal for all those involved in the management of these patients: psychiatrists, psychologists, cardiologists, general practitioners, cardiology specialist nurses and mental health nurses.
Wei Jiang, Glen L. Xiong
CHAPTER 2 The association between depression and heart disease: the role of biological mechanisms
CHAPTER 3 The association between depression and heart disease: the role of genetic factors
Eco de Geus
CHAPTER 4 Behavioral and psychological mechanisms linking depression and heart disease
Roy C. Ziegelstein, Mary Kate Elfrey
CHAPTER 5 Depression and cardiovascular disease: the safety of antidepressant drugs and the ability to improve mood and reduce medical morbidity
Alexander H. Glassman, J. Thomas Bigger, Jr
CHAPTER 6 Psychotherapies for depression in people with heart disease
Robert M. Carney, Kenneth E. Freedland