Inadequate treatment of depression after myocardial infarction
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2002
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 106, Issue 6, pages 434–439, December 2002
How to Cite
Luutonen, S., Holm, H., Salminen, J. K., Risla, A. and Salokangas, R. K. R. (2002), Inadequate treatment of depression after myocardial infarction. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 106: 434–439. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2002.01428.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2002
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2002
- Accepted for publication May 28, 2002
- myocardial infarction
Objective: The objective of the study was to investigate the prevalence of depressive symptoms and the self-reported psychiatric treatment after myocardial infarction.
Method: Depressive symptoms and medication were studied in 85 consecutive acute myocardial infarction patients during 18 months follow-up. Depressive symptoms were assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI).
Results: The proportion of patients with depressive symptoms (BDI 10) was 21.2% while in hospital, 30.0% at 6 months and 33.9% at 18 months. At 18 months, none of the patients were receiving adequate antidepressive medication. There were eight patients with BDI scores corresponding to moderate/severe depression (BDI 19). Six of these patients were receiving benzodiazepine medication and two of them had been treated in the mental health care system after the myocardial infarction.
Conclusion: There seems to be considerable problems in the diagnosis and/or treatment of depression after myocardial infarction.