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Clinical resources: Coronary heart disease and mental health

The prevalence of depression is high in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD).

Rates of major depressive disorders of around 15% have been reported in patients after myocardial infarction or coronary artery bypass grafting. The benefits of treating depression include improved quality of life and adherence to therapy, and potentially improved CHD prognosis.

Depression in patients with coronary heart disease 

The Heart Foundation released a consensus statement: Screening, referral and treatment for depression in patients with coronary heart disease (2013). This position statement seeks to provide guidance for health care professionals on screening and treatment for depression in patients with CHD.  

Download the consensus statement 

A presentation version for health care professionals on Screening, referral and treatment for depression in patients with coronary heart disease consensus statement is also available. This presentation covers the latest evidence and recommendations from the consensus statement. It’s available below for download and can be used to present to your colleagues or work departments. 

Download consensus statement presentation.

Length: 24 slides 
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes (presentation time)   

Depression in patients with CHD: The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) screening tool

The Heart Foundation’s consensus statement recommends that all patients with CHD be routinely screened for depression by their GP or health professional at first presentation using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2). 

Psychosocial risk factors for coronary heart disease 

The Heart Foundation released a consensus statement: Psychosocial risk factors for coronary heart disease (2013). This consensus statement provides an updated review of literature on psychosocial stressors and acute population stressors, to guide health care professionals based on current evidence.  

Download the Psychosocial risk factors for coronary heart disease consensus statement.

A presentation version for health care professionals on Psychosocial factors for coronary heart disease (2013) covers the latest evidence review and recommendations from the consensus statement. It’s available below for download and can be used to present to your colleagues or work departments. 

Length: 20 slides 
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes (presentation time)  

Download the Psychosocial factors for coronary heart disease presentation.

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