It’s not uncommon to feel depressed after suffering a heart attack. Women, especially, are at risk of developing symptoms of depression after a heart attack. The feelings of sadness, isolation, and hopelessness that are indicative of depression may make it more difficult for patients to get the follow-up care they need.
Doctors need to make a point of asking their patients who have had a heart attack about how they are feeling, as well as about their physical symptoms. Follow-up care should include emotional support, and antidepressant medications, if depression is diagnosed following a heart attack.