Heart and mind: (1) relationship between cardiovascular and psychiatric conditions

SU Shah, A White, S White, William Littler

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    The relationship of our emotions and psyche to heart disease is intriguing. In this article we have reviewed the evidence linking cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric disorders and the possible mechanisms and pathophysiology of this association. This review is derived from Medline searches (1966-2002) using the relevant search terms (psychiatric disease, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, and pathophysiology). Finally, the possible role of using mood enhancing therapies (mainly antidepressants) and their safety in patients with cardiovascular disorders is briefly discussed. In a companion paper, the therapeutic aspects of these two conditions is highlighted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)683-689
    Number of pages7
    JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
    Issue number950
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004


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