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Szuba order benemid 500 mg fast delivery, personal communication) and relapse rate (109) of epilepsy purchase 500mg benemid, the stimulator was attached to the left vagal are improved by increasing the number of weeks of treat­ nerve, which can be accessed peripherally in a procedure ments but, as with ECT, the most severely ill patients may similar to implanting a cardiac pacemaker, and compared respond partially and relapse quickly. Combination treat­ to the right VN has fewer afferent fibers to the autonomic ment strategies (slow right and fast left) and maintenance system controlling cardiac and gastric physiologic functions rTMS strategies are being employed to improve response (137). Twelve of 30 patients (40%) met criteria for treat­ and keep patients in remission. None of the patients discontinued techniques are being developed to assist in focusing the mag­ treatment because of adverse events. The most common netic impulse on specific cortical structures. VNS may be an effective treatment in resistant depres­ Using these techniques, rTMS can help in elucidating sion. The two variables that predicted clinical response to the neuronal pathways involved in depression. Initial studies VNS included previous response to ECT (only one of 19 using functional neuroimaging and rTMS have shown that patients who had received ECT had a sustained response many of the effects of rTMS occur at brain regions distant to VNS) and decreased stimulator output. Encouragingly, from the site of stimulation including the caudate, orbito­ of the ten responders with available follow-up data over 4 frontal cortex bilaterally, and cerebellum (124). These stud­ to 9 months, all have demonstrated continued response. The Chapter 76: Electroconvulsive Therapy 1105 adverse side effect profile and costs could be dramatically 7. Multiple monitored electroconvulsive reduced if a method of stimulating the VN could be treatment. Textbook trodes is $9,200, and the additional cost of the surgical of psychopharmacology. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric procedure raises the total costs to approximately $12,000 Press, 1995:523–543.

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Psychoso- cantly greater in the nondepressed than in the depressed cial interventions in post-MI patients with depression or a patients at 2-year follow-up (p generic 500 mg benemid free shipping. Results tervention buy benemid 500 mg overnight delivery, specialized stroke and rehabilitation care, nature should be available by the end of 2001 and should provide and size of the lesion) were controlled (57). This delayed recovery was evident as early as 3 to 6 months following stroke (57,58) (Fig. In addition to the adverse effects of depression on activi- ties of daily living, numerous studies have demonstrated the adverse effects of major depression after stroke on cognitive function (59–62). In a study of 275 patients with acute stroke, the mean Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score for patients with major depression (n 56) was 20. To control for the possibility that the location of lesions, which has been correlated with affect during acute stroke, might have influenced these findings, patients with and without major depression were matched for size and location of stroke le- FIGURE 81. Mini-Mental State Examination scores in patients sion (64). Patients with major depression had significantly with major and minor depression and patients without depres- lower MMSE scores than did their lesion-matched counter- sion. Chapter 81: Depression and the Medically Ill 1183 answers to the question of whether psychosocial treatments should be initiated in patients with post-MI depression. TREATMENT WITH ANTIDEPRESSANTS The evidence for antidepressant use is also limited. Tricyclic antidepressants are known to cause adverse cardiovascular effects, including orthostatic hypotension and slowed intra- ventricular conduction (66,67); therefore, it would not be prudent to use these agents in a population at risk. Pilot studies suggest that the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are safe and effective in persons with ischemic heart disease and depression (68,69). The only study of an antidepressant in post-MI patients is that of Shapiro et al. Change in Hamilton Depression Scale (28 items) scores during 12 weeks of treatment for all patients entered in (70). In this study, sertraline (Zoloft) was well tolerated, the study (i.

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