Depression and coronary heart disease: recommendations for screening, referral, and treatment: a science advisory from the American Heart Association Prevention Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, and Interdisciplinary Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research: endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association

Circulation. 2008 Oct 21;118(17):1768-75. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.108.190769. Epub 2008 Sep 29.


Depression is commonly present in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and is independently associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Screening tests for depressive symptoms should be applied to identify patients who may require further assessment and treatment. This multispecialty consensus document reviews the evidence linking depression with CHD and provides recommendations for healthcare providers for the assessment, referral, and treatment of depression.

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees / standards*
  • American Heart Association*
  • Cardiology / standards
  • Coronary Disease / complications
  • Coronary Disease / diagnosis*
  • Coronary Disease / therapy
  • Depressive Disorder / complications
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Health Planning Councils / standards*
  • Health Planning Guidelines*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / standards
  • Nursing Research / standards
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / standards
  • Quality of Health Care / standards
  • United States