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Can Heart Attack Be Caused by Antidepressants?

Aug 30, 2008
Many of the present antidepressants available in market not recommended to be used as they can be poisonous to the heart. The tricyclic drug has complex chemical structure and is effective antidepressants but it may lead to arrhythmia in heart patients. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors are another type of antidepressants that can cause dangerous blood pressure alterations.

On contradiction to this a number of studies have shown that sertraline, an SSRI medicine can be safely be given to the patients that develop depression after unstable angina episode. This can be considered as an important step in the managing depression post heart attack. The depressed patients who had already experienced heart attack and when given antidepressant particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) showed a lowered the risk of death and repeated heart attack.

Facts of Heart Attacks and Antidepressants:
Heart attack can be considered as an outcome of coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease (CAD) that occurs when the narrowed coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart becomes choked.

The other valid reason for heart attack can be cholesterol containing plaques on inner walls of coronary artery that can break open to choke the flow of blood to the heart. Depression can sometimes be related to heart attacks but cannot be considered as a valid reason. Many of the studies have shown that amongst the men and women who suffer from heart disorders only 20 percent of them suffered from major depression and large number of patients suffered minor depression.

Depression is considered as one of the source of repeated heart attacks and cardiac attack deaths in many of the patients who experience severe cardiac disorder. Although it is proved that making use of antidepressants can lower the risk of heart attacks, the antidepressant medicines still have controversies.

SSRIs Medicine helps reduce Heart Attack:
It is already known that SSRIs antidepressants are not as effective as tricyclic antidepressants but they have lower side effects. SSRIs antidepressants are considered as good medicines for treatment against anxiety. Another advantage of these drugs is that they can cure post traumatic stress disorder.

Most of the doctors prefer treatment of SSRIs in 60 percent of time for patients suffering from anxiety and depression to lower the heart attack risk. When comparison was done between the patients that consumed SSRIs antidepressants and that of patients fed on other antidepressants, it showed that SSRIs reduced the chances of death from heart attacks. This achievement in SSRIs can save thousands of lives of people who die out of heart attack every year.
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