Warning over SSRI use in cardiac patients

All patients with coronary heart disease should be screened and treated for depression, new guidelines recommend, but doubts have been raised about the safety of long-term SSRI use.

Depression occurs in 40% of people after an MI or coronary artery bypass graft, with 15% experiencing a major depressive episode, according to a consensus statement from the Heart Foundation.

Dr Robert Grenfell, the Heart Foundation’s national director of cardiovascular health, said patients should be screened at their initial visit after a cardiac event