Understanding Depression and Surgery

Associate Professor of Medicine John Rumsfeld, MD, PhD, in the CU School of Medicine is spending much of his time understanding the connection between depression and open heart surgery. According to some studies, as many as one in three people who undergo heart surgery will experience depression-like symptoms. This serious side effect of surgery oftentimes takes patients by surprise, and is leading to more physicians working with psychologists to treat the many interrelated aspects of health.

Because of the collaboration happening at CU Anschutz, physicians have a better understanding of the connections between physical and mental health, resulting in a radically new approach to health care.

Read the full story, “Depression Often Follow Heart Surgery, As Political Strategist Ted Trimpa Learned,” on the Colorado Public Radio website.