Psycho-Babble Medication | about biological treatments | Framed
This thread | Show all | Post follow-up | Start new thread | List of forums | Search | FAQ

Re: A Combination Cardiology and Psychology Doctor?

Posted by saintjames on May 12, 1999, at 20:09:10

In reply to A Combination Cardiology and Psychology Doctor?, posted by Messy on May 12, 1999, at 14:50:02

> A 71-year-old male I know had heart surgery
> (a balloon angioplasty and stent). Afterwards,
> he changed his diet and increased his exercise,
> and now does the equivalent of climbing stairs of
> 10 or 20 story buildings, although his aorta is
> still enlarged and there is still a small block
> somewhere. After the heart surgery, he was put
> on some drug to lower cholesterol, which worked,
> and on atenolol, a beta blocker. He was also
> taking Wellbutrin (not SR) for depression, without
> reported side-effects, since well before the heart
> surgery. Other members of same family have also
> been diagnosed with depression and have responded
> well to medication.
> Some of us who read drbob's web-site know beta
> blockers can cause depression for those with a
> history. Patient is pessimistic and tired.
> Patient also suffers from interrupted sleep
> apparently due to repeated need to use the
> bathroom at night. Told this is normal aging.
> He is also dealing with situational issues on
> what to do with his time if he retires, and
> that the job is no longer fun. He feels his
> emotions are situational rather than the results
> of internal chemistry, but according to the
> personal story on drbob's one cannot always tell
> from inside. Also, according to the discussion
> on drbob's, atenolol is one of the less
> bad beta blockers for causing depression,
> which implies that the patient may well be correct
> in his belief.
> Both psychologist and cardiologist have been asked
> about the situation. The cardiologist seems to view
> that emotional health is not his department, and
> that the state of the cardiac system suggests beta
> blockers still advisable. The psychologist seems
> to view that the cardiac medications are not his
> department but that one could increase the dosage
> of Wellbutrin. (This psychologist does not trust
> Wellbutrin SR.)
> How would one go about finding an M.D. in the
> Northeastern U.S., with expertise BOTH in cardiology
> and in depression? Are there any groups of doctors
> that work together on this combination? Would an
> external (more integrated) opinion on this
> case be useful? How would one find it?
> Thanks.

James here

a psychologist is not a medical doc. Get a consult with a pdoc.





Post a new follow-up

Your message only Include above post

Notify the administrators

They will then review this post with the posting guidelines in mind.

To contact them about something other than this post, please use this form instead.


Start a new thread

Google www
Search options and examples
[amazon] for

This thread | Show all | Post follow-up | Start new thread | FAQ
Psycho-Babble Medication | Framed

poster:saintjames thread:6011