Program eases depression in hospitalized cardiac patients

03/8/2011 | HealthDay News

About 60% of patients with acute coronary syndrome, arrhythmia or heart failure who received an intervention from a psychiatrist, care managers and doctors before and after hospital discharge reduced their depressive symptoms by 50% by six weeks post-discharge, compared with 30% of those who did not receive the intervention, researchers said. The intervention group also had fewer and less severe cardiac symptoms, the study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found.

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