Dr. Volgman explains if depression is connected with heart disease diagnoses.
When somebody has depression, it’s been found that it is associated with higher mortality after a heart attack. People are depressed when they find out that they have cancer, they have heart disease, they have just had a heart attack.
It’s a normal response of the body to be depressed, but if it gets to be too much and the patient can’t function, the patient isn’t exercising, the patient doesn’t want to take their medications, patient has no life. It will increase their risk of dying because they are not taking their medication; they are not exercising.
So it’s a combination of many different problems. So we are obligated as physicians to look out for depression as a confounding risk factor for mortality in heart disease patients.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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