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The Relationship bewteen patients with Congestive Heart Failure and Depression

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in health and medicine, healthcare

The researchers feel that treating depression concurrently with intensive medical treatment for acute exacerbation of heart failure may involve introducing another medication – a psychotropic . This has the potential for adverse events at a time of great change in the patient ‘s medical management plan and hence the researchers conclude that it may be more appropriate to wait a month until the patient ‘s congestive heart failure has stabilized and the patient has returned to a familiar environment before reevaluating the patient for depression and initiating antidepressant therapy (Fulop et al , 2003 [banner_entry_middle]

. Thus this study focuses on the treatment for depressed patients with congestive heart failure and suggests that it is best to introduce treatment for depression after the congestive heart failure has stabilized

Another study titled Predictors of the Onset of Depressive Symptoms in Patients with Heart Failure ‘ by Havranek et al (2004 ) identified the following factors associated with the development of depressive symptoms in outpatients with heart failure : living alone , alcohol abuse perception of medical care as being a substantial economic burden , and health status . These were independent predictors of developing depressive symptoms . For patients without these factors , 7 .9 developed depression by one year . The study revealed that social factors and health status are predictive of the development of depression in outpatients with heart failure . The study recommends that clinicians should be aware of patients who are at risk for the development of depression so that these patients may be targeted for screening and potentially for psychosocial intervention . The study is particularly important for it sets up the criteria for identifying heart failure patients who are at risk for the development of depression . There are several implications of this study . First , depression screening may be warranted for all patients with heart failure , because even among patients without… [banner_entry_footer]

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