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High rates of depression in patients with coronary heart disease

29 Oct 2013

A recent consensus statement released in the Medical Journal Australia by the Heart Foundation states there are high rates of depression in patients with coronary heart disease and they should be screened when they first present to their GP.

The statement is a guide for health professionals on screening, referral and treatment for depression in patients with coronary heart disease.

The statement advises that routine screening for depression in all patients with heart disease is recommended, particularly:
when a patient first presents to their doctor

  • at the next follow up appointment
  • 2-3 months after the heart event
  • ongoing screening should then be considered on a yearly basis.

Click here to view the full consensus statement.