Depression and Anxiety in Women with Heart Disease

  • Martha GulatiEmail author
  • Ashley A. Buffomante
  • Nanette K. Wenger
Women and Heart Disease (E. Jackson, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Women and Heart Disease


Depression and anxiety are extremely common conditions but are even more common in persons living with cardiovascular disease. Both conditions occur more frequently in women living with cardiovascular disease compared with men. Studies have demonstrated a link between coronary artery disease and depression, with an increased prevalence of depression in younger women living with CVD. Depression and anxiety are independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease and are associated with worse outcomes in those living with cardiovascular disease, particularly women. The purpose of this paper is to review the sex-based epidemiology of depression and anxiety in CVD and their possible mechanisms of impacting CVD risk factors and CVD outcomes in women with CVD.


Depression Anxiety Women Cardiovascular disease 


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Drs Gulati, Buffomante, and Wenger have no conflicts of interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Gulati
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ashley A. Buffomante
    • 2
  • Nanette K. Wenger
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of CardiologyUniversity of Arizona-PhoenixPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Department of Medicine, Division of CardiologyEmory University School of Medicine, Grady Memorial HospitalAtlantaUSA

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