Heart Mind

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8--16

The Safety, efficacy, and tolerability of pharmacological treatment of depression in patients with cardiovascular disease: A look at antidepressants and integrative approaches


Laura Chang1, Nina Liu2 
1 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago; Department of Psychiatry, Northshore University Health System, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Correspondence Address:
Nina Liu
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Department of Psychiatry, Northshore University Health System, Chicago, Illinois
USA

Patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are at an increased risk of developing psychiatric illnesses, particularly depression. Depression is an independent risk factor leading to a cardiac event, which has been shown in patients with or without known coronary artery disease (CAD). Treatment of depression has been shown to improve quality of life and result in a better cardiovascular prognosis in patients with comorbid CVD. However, pharmacological treatment of depression in this particular patient population is not without risk and is not always effective. An emerging approach to improve nonresponse to antidepressants is the use of adjunctive nutraceuticals. This article is to review the pharmacological options for treating depression in patients with CAD. The use of integrative approaches and supplements in patients with CVD is also discussed.


How to cite this article:
Chang L, Liu N. The Safety, efficacy, and tolerability of pharmacological treatment of depression in patients with cardiovascular disease: A look at antidepressants and integrative approaches.Heart Mind 2017;1:8-16


How to cite this URL:
Chang L, Liu N. The Safety, efficacy, and tolerability of pharmacological treatment of depression in patients with cardiovascular disease: A look at antidepressants and integrative approaches. Heart Mind [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Jul 4 ];1:8-16
Available from: http://www.heartmindjournal.org/article.asp?issn=2468-6476;year=2017;volume=1;issue=1;spage=8;epage=16;aulast=Chang;type=0