Learn More
This study evaluated screening abilities of self-report questionnaires for depression in first myocardial infarction (MI) patients. One month post-MI, 206 patients with first MI were screened for major and minor depression using the 90-item Symptom Check List (SCL-90), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS),(More)
BACKGROUND The high incidence of post-stroke depression has been claimed to reflect a specific, stroke related pathogenesis in which lesion location plays an important role. To substantiate this claim, post-stroke depression should occur more often than depression after another acute, life threatening, disabling disease that does not involve cerebrovascular(More)
OBJECTIVE Depression and hostility are significant risk factors for mortality and morbidity after myocardial infarction (MI). Much research is still needed to identify effective ways to reduce emotional distress in patients with cardiovascular disease. This double-blind, placebo-controlled study investigated the efficacy and safety of the antidepressant(More)
BACKGROUND Major depression has been identified as an independent risk factor for increased morbidity and mortality in mixed patients populations with first and recurrent myocardial infarction (MI). The aim of this study was to evaluate whether incidence of major and minor depression is as high in a population with merely first-MI patients as in recurrent(More)
BACKGROUND Screening for depression in myocardial infarction (MI) patients must be improved: (1) depression often goes unrecognized and (2) anxiety has been largely overlooked as an essential feature of depression in these patients. We therefore examined the co-occurrence of anxiety and depression after MI, and the validity of a brief mixed(More)
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the 'new' drugs of first choice for the treatment of depression in the older patient. Systematic studies on the effects of SSRIs on cardiac function are scarce, despite the high prevalence of cardiac disorders in the older depressed patient. This is a study which systematically assessed cardiac function by(More)
OBJECTIVE Many peri-myocardial infarction patients experience decreased wellbeing, which is either conceptualized as depression or as vital exhaustion. The objective of the present study is to investigate whether or not depression and vital exhaustion are separate entities. It was hypothesized that, if depression and vital exhaustion are separate phenomena,(More)
There is a relationship between depression and Myocardial Infarction (MI) as higher levels of depression and severe depression (major vs minor) are associated with higher morbidity and mortality due to cardiac events, which are mainly caused by arrhythmia. Second, severity of MI is not or even inversely related to development of depression. Depression(More)
Platelet factor 4 (PF 4) and beta-thromboglobulin (beta-TG) were studied in 12 depressed post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients and 12 matched non-depressed post-MI patients. PF4 was significantly higher in the depressed group than in the non-depressed group. beta-TG was increased in the depressed subgroup, but the difference was not statistically(More)
BACKGROUND As depression is a considerable risk factor for an unfavourable course of myocardial infarction (MI), antidepressant treatment of post-MI depression and, inherent to MI status, polypharmacy has become an important issue. OBJECTIVE The present study is the first to evaluate cognitive side effects of fluoxetine, as part of a placebo-controlled(More)