A patient's ability to recover may have as much to do with his state of mind as the health of his heart, according to a long-term study of heart disease and depression at the University of California, San Francisco.
Depression masquerades as fatigue
But patients don't always recognize depression and doctors don't always screen for it. Both may blame symptoms on fatigue from the heart disease, surgery, and the side effects of heart medications.
- Over the past two weeks, have you felt little interest or pleasure in doing things?
- Over the past two weeks, have you felt down, depressed, or hopeless?