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Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder following myocardial infarction and coronary artery bypass surgery
Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Leonard A. Doerfler, Assumption College
  • Lori Pbert, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Diana DeCosimo, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Date
5-1-1994
Document Type
Article
Subjects
Adaptation, Psychological; Adult; Aged; Anger; Anxiety; Coronary Artery Bypass; Depression; Humans; Life Change Events; Male; Middle Aged; Myocardial Infarction; Postoperative Complications; Sampling Studies; Severity of Illness Index; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Abstract
Psychosocial adjustment, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, was assessed in a sample of 50 men 6-12 months after initial myocardial infarction (MI) or coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery. Mean scores on the adjustment measures indicated relatively low levels of distress for the entire group. However, a small number of patients reported clinically significant elevations in anxiety, depression, anger, and ruminative thinking. Using DSM-III-R criteria, four patients met the criteria for PTSD on a self-report checklist. Four patients met the criteria for major depressive disorder on the Inventory to Diagnose Depression. Overall, the findings suggest that posttraumatic stress disorder-like reactions may be an unrecognized problem for some men who sustain an MI or undergo CABG surgery. These traumatic reactions are highly correlated with emotional distress, including depression, generalized anxiety, and anger.
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Citation: Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1994 May;16(3):193-9. Link to article on publisher's website
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PubMed ID
8063086
Citation Information
Leonard A. Doerfler, Lori Pbert and Diana DeCosimo. "Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder following myocardial infarction and coronary artery bypass surgery" Vol. 16 Iss. 3 (1994) ISSN: 0163-8343 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lori_pbert/27/