Last updated: May 03, 2008
Unfortunately many heart specialists may not have the time or the expertise to address depression, says Sharonne Hayes, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic's Women's Heart Clinic.
"Cardiologists may not be comfortable with touchy-feely stuff," she says. "They want to treat lipids and chest pain." And most are not trained to cope with mental health issues.
Antidepressants can be heart medicines
Treatments for depression range from talk and behavioral therapy to exercise to medication. For many patients the cornerstone of treatment will be an antidepressant medication, most likely an SSRI (selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor) such as Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft.