Review deals with depression, which frequently occurs in patients with cardiovascular disease. Along with that,
cardiovascular complications are frequent cause of the high morbidity and mortality of depressed patients. Several
common ethiopathogenic factors can be identified (endocrine changes, immunity alteration, structure of personality,
life style). Diagnose of depression in somatically diseased patients may be difficult to set; however, it is necessary
to consider it. Some conjoint treatment approaches are possible. For the use in the internal medicine new
antidepression drugs with lower affects on the cardiovascular system appear promising. Mutual collaboration in the
clinical praxis is highly desirable.
depressive illness, cardiovascular disease, epidemiology, ethiopathogenesis, treatment.