Depression following acute myocardial infarction: A prospective relationship with ongoing health and function

James A. Fauerbach, David Bush, Brett D. Thumbs, Una D. McCann, Joshua Fogel, Roy C. Ziegelstein

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Abstract

The relationship between baseline depression and health-related quality of life were examined in a cohort of patients after hospitalisation due to acute myocardial infarction (N = 196). Patients were assessed for presence of mood disturbance, anxiety, and quality of life at the time of hospitalization and again 4 months later. Baseline assessment was used to assign subjects to a depressed or a nondepressed group. Adjusting for preinfarction quality of life, in-hospital anxiety, and demographic variables, depression was prospectively and independently related to reduced global health at 4 months as well as reduced overall mental health-including vitality, psychological health, and social function-and increased role interference from psychological problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-361
Number of pages7
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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