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A 64-year-old white male appears to be depressed 2 weeks after hospital discharge for a myocardial infarction. how to combat this depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Post MI depression: By symptoms, 15-20% of people after heart attack do meet criteria for major depressive disorder. Even more suffer at least some of those symptoms. http://tinyurl.com/lvwow2k evaluation and treatment are needed asap, because depression correlates with poorer health outcomes in post-mi patients. Do see a psychiatrist, and do reach out for support from family, friends, and cardiac rehab programs.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Men with any cardiac event experience a much higher chance of depression than women, and need intervention ASAP to stabilize.
Apr 20, 2014
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks for the additional emphasis, Dr. Machanic.
Apr 20, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Excellent information from Dr. Pappas and Dr. Machanic.
Apr 21, 2014
Dr. Samantha Maplethorpe
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Follow up: Depression is a common complication after a heart attack. Make sure he gets frequent follow up visits with his Family Physician.
Dr. Robert Fietsam
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Frequently, hospitals have a "Cardiac Rehab" program, that addresses how active you can be, helps with diet changes and addresses the emotional condition of patients. Being with other patients with a similar condition can improve your own outlook and see that improvements are possible and probable.
Jul 31, 2014
Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
Support: Depression strikes about two out of five heart attack survivors, one seriously and one mildly. Frequent contact with family doctor, cardiac rehab, and support group like Mende Hearts can help a great deal. Also read up on signs of depression and.seek help if you recognize them in yourself. Don't go it alone. Remember thousands of people survive heart attacks everyday and lots of them willingtohelp

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