Cardiovascular effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and other novel antidepressants

Heart Dis. 2003 Mar-Apr;5(2):153-60. doi: 10.1097/01.hdx.0000061695.97215.64.


This paper reviews the current knowledge of cardiovascular effects of the most commonly used novel antidepressants and their possible interactions with cardiovascular medications. The literature was reviewed through Medline 1980-2001. Materials were located by using terms such as SSRIs, individual names of novel antidepressants matched with terms like cardiovascular effects, cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular risk factors, etc. Drug compendiums from 1998-2001 and some psychopharmacology texts were also used. The article focuses on the cardiovascular effects of the newer antidepressants, their use in patients with cardiovascular disease, and interactions with various commonly used cardiovascular drugs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antidepressive Agents / pharmacology*
  • Cardiovascular System / drug effects*
  • Drug Interactions
  • Humans
  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors / pharmacology*


  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors