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Will medications for depression treat high blood pressure?

I have been told that I have an enlarged heart from high blood pressure. I will probably be put on high blood pressure meds. Are there meds that can shrink the heart? Also, I have been told that I have a slight heart murmur.  I was being treated by a doctor that told me that my depression meds would get my high blood pressure under control. I have seen another doctor that told me that this is unheard of, which made sense to me about the depression meds not treating high blood pressure.   

submitted Tresa from Salt Lake City, Utah on 4/18/2012

Answer:

Maher M. Nasser, MD by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Maher M. Nasser, MD    

Dear Tresa, High blood pressure (BP) can enlarge the heart, but this is reversible when BP is under adequate control.  Not all heart murmurs are bad and indicative of underlying heart disease. Your cardiologist should be able to determine this.  At times a heart ultrasound may be indicated. Medications for depression may affect the heart and should be discussed  with your physician. Regards.     

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