Cardiac blues and depression post heart event: Webcast

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The Heart Foundation is hosting a free live webcast for health professionals, in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Heart Health, on the connection between depression and coronary heart disease.

Register here: Live Heart Foundation Webcast: The cardiac blues and depression post heart event. 

2:00 - 3:00pm (AEDST) Tuesday, 4 December 2018

This webcast offers health professionals across all disciplines a rare opportunity to learn more about the psychological and emotional challenges of a heart event and strategies to screen, educate and refer patients appropriately.

The prevalence of depression is high in patients who have experienced a heart event or heart surgery and the majority will experience the emotional rollercoaster that is called the ‘cardiac blues’.

Heart Foundation Director of Support & Care, Rachelle Foreman, said depression is common among people with heart disease.

“Depression is a significant independent risk factor for heart disease. Depression affects recovery and increases the risk of further heart-related incidents, such as another heart attack,” Ms Foreman said.  

“Many patients experience emotional and psychological challenges after their heart event and most bounce back with time and support. However, fifteen per cent of patients who have had a heart attack or heart surgery will have a major depressive disorder. When you also consider milder forms of depression, this number increases to 40 per cent.

“Screening two to three months after the event is vital, as this is when depression is more commonly experienced. The benefits of treating depression include improved quality of life and adherence to therapy, and potentially improved coronary heart disease prognosis.”

The webcast’s panel of experts will include Dr Barbara Murphy, Deputy Director at the Australian Centre for Heart Health, Dr Rosemary Higgins, cardiac health psychologist, Kim Tucker, Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator at Monash Health, and Niamh Dormer, Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator at Cabrini Health.

Click here for more information and to register for this free Heart Foundation webcast.

A recording of the webcast will later be made available.

For interviews: Fleur Jacobs, Senior National Media Adviser, Heart Foundation M: 0427 591 638  E: fleur.jacobs@heartfoundation.org.au