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ISRN Cardiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 743813, 18 pages
Review Article

Depression and Coronary Heart Disease

Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Department of Medicine, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA

Received 24 September 2012; Accepted 14 October 2012

Academic Editors: F. Boucher and D. Leung

Copyright © 2012 Karina W. Davidson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


There are exciting findings in the field of depression and coronary heart disease. Whether diagnosed or simply self-reported, depression continues to mark very high risk for a recurrent acute coronary syndrome or for death in patients with coronary heart disease. Many intriguing mechanisms have been posited to be implicated in the association between depression and heart disease, and randomized controlled trials of depression treatment are beginning to delineate the types of depression management strategies that may benefit the many coronary heart disease patients with depression.