Benefits to treating depression after heart failure

Monitoring and treating depression in patients who have experienced heart failure improves health status, social functioning and overall quality of life.

Heart failure causes the organ’s pumping action to become progressively weak. Even with advanced treatments, this is associated with increased disability and mortality. Among those who are affected, approximately 20% are also diagnosed with depression.

While depression is known to worsen a variety of diseases, this study is among the first to show that reducing symptoms of the mental health condition can benefit physical health.

Read more at University of California Davis and Duke University