Heart Attacks - Depression

Mental depression is not uncommon in patients who have had a heart attack. They have a greater risk of early death than patients who have not developed depression.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study of the effects on the heart of two anti-depressant medications.....Paxil and Nortriptyline.

In the study, depression improved in more than half the patients taking either medication.....but...Paxil was clearly a safer medication for the heart.

Treating depression after a heart attack is very important and the patient must be followed carefully.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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