Remission of depression post CABG

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Patients that have had coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) often experience moderated to severe depression post surgery. In fact, approximately 20% of patients who undergo CABG have a major depressive episode. In this population depression is associated with longer recovery, more cardiac events, complications, poorer quality of life, and even death, all reasons why depressive symptoms should be identified and managed promptly post CABG. A study recently published in the April Issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, found that CABG patients who received two types of nondrug therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or supportive stress management, were more likely to have remission of their depressive symptoms. Kenneth Freedland, Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues, noted that about half of the patients did use antidepressants, however, the drugs did not alter the effectiveness of counseling. Click here to read an article from Doctor’s Guide that reviews the study.

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