For people with heart failure, depression and fatigue are common and serious problems. Depression often follows heart attack, a frequent precursor to heart failure. Heart failure itself can contribute to fatigue, and certain heart failure treatments, such as beta blockers, may increase this.
Depression can lead to poor motivation, trouble concentrating, and lack of hope for the future. Combine this with the physical exhaustion of heart failure, and it may come as no surprise that depressed heart failure patients can have a difficult time taking their medications properly and sticking with their treatment plan.
Fortunately, depression can be treated successfully with antidepressants, psychosocial therapy, or both. In heart failure, managing depression can lead to better self-care and fewer symptoms.
Treating depression can also help to revive hope, an important factor in promoting your health and quality of life.