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Adult nursing
Higher rates of depression among women living with Coronary Heart Disease are associated with poorer treatment outcomes and prognosis
  1. Karen McGuigan
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karen McGuigan, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK; k.mcguigan{at}

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Commentary on: Buckland SA, Pozehl B, Yates B. Depressive symptoms in women with Coronary Heart Disease: A systematic review of the longitudinal literature. J Cardiovasc Nurs 2018;34:52–9. doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000533.

Implications for practice and research

  • As women experience significantly higher levels of depression than men particularly in the early stages of CHD, early intervention and support from healthcare professionals would be required to address symptoms and ensure better psychosocial adjustment, treatment adherence and prognosis across time.

  • Longitudinal research is required to map sex-specific psychosocial outcomes among those with CHD and to assess their impact on CHD.


The link between depressive symptomatology, coronary heart disease (CHD) and associated mortality and morbidity is well established.1 However, it is difficult to draw conclusions about the prognosis of women with CHD and depression as women have traditionally been …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.