Depression in chronic medical illness: the case of coronary heart disease

J Clin Psychol. 2001 Nov;57(11):1323-37. doi: 10.1002/jclp.1100.


Depression is an important predictor of morbidity and mortality in patients with coronary disease, particularly after myocardial infarction, independent of previous cardiac history or CAD severity. Depression also is associated with poor long-term psychosocial outcomes. The prevalence of major depression among post-MI patients is 15 to 20%, with an additional 27% reporting symptoms of minor depression. This article briefly reviews the literature on depression in patients with coronary disease, including previously published efforts to treat the disorder in this group. A case review then is provided, highlighting important aspects of treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Coronary Disease / rehabilitation
  • Depression / etiology
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / psychology
  • Myocardial Infarction / rehabilitation*
  • Myocardial Infarction / surgery
  • Psychotherapy, Brief*
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Self Efficacy
  • Treatment Outcome