Depression after heart attack linked to blood flow in brain

Depression in heart attack patients is linked to changes in blood flow in the brain, a study has shown.

Depression linked to blood flow to the brain after heart attack (Photograph: SPL)
Depression linked to blood flow to the brain after heart attack (Photograph: SPL)

Researchers from Columbia University, New York, carried out brain scans on 22 patients three months after the onset of acute coronary syndrome.

They found that the severity of depressive symptoms was correlated with vascular brain changes, including deep white matter changes and microstructural abnormalities.

Writing in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, the researchers argue that longitudinal studies are needed to determine whether depressive symptoms precede these changes or whether the changes precede the symptoms.

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