Prevalence and effects of cardiac rehabilitation on depression in the elderly with coronary heart disease

Am J Cardiol. 1998 May 15;81(10):1233-6. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(98)00121-0.


Depression is a prevalent condition in coronary patients and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality following major coronary events. We measured the prevalence of depressive symptoms in 268 elderly coronary patients 4 to 6 weeks following a major coronary event and assessed its modulation by outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and found that cardiac rehabilitation resulted in a significant reduction in the prevalence and severity of this disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Aged
  • Coronary Disease / psychology*
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardial Infarction / psychology*
  • Myocardial Infarction / rehabilitation*
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires