Depression After Heart Attack
Depression is a medical condition that leads to intense feelings of sadness or despair. These feelings don't go away on their own.
What is going on in the body?
Several factors can make a person feel depressed after a heart attack. The stress of being in the hospital, the fear of another heart attack, and the reality of having to make lifestyle changes can all contribute. If the person had to have bypass surgery, he or she will have to endure a long recovery period. This could include being out of work for up to six weeks.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
There are many theories about what causes depression. Depression may be caused by any of the following:
certain medications, including antibiotics and medicines used to treat acne
changes in brain chemicals
lack of sunlight
negative thinking patterns
Risk factors for depression include the following:
drug abuse and addiction
personal or family history of depression
personal history of a suicide attempt
Depression and heart attack have a complex relationship. People with a history of depression have a much higher incidence of heart attacks than people without depression. A person is more at risk for depression after a heart attack if he or she has suffered from depression in the past.