Date: 24 Jul 2012

Neuroimmune Mechanisms of Depression in Heart Failure

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Abstract

Heart failure (HF) is a major and costly public health concern, and its prognosis is grim—with high hospitalization and mortality rates. It is well documented that HF patients experience disproportionately high rates of depression and that depressed HF patients have worse clinical outcomes than their non-depressed counterparts. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the reader to the study of depression in HF, and how psychoneuroimmunologic principals have been applied to further elucidate the mechanisms (i.e., neurohormonal and cytokine activation) linking these co-morbid disorders.