Concerns about the implantable cardioverter defibrillator: a determinant of anxiety and depressive symptoms independent of experienced shocks

Susanne S. Pedersen, Ron T van Domburg, Dominic A M J Theuns, Luc Jordaens, Ruud A M Erdman

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Abstrakt

Patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are at increased risk of anxiety disorders. In turn, anxiety has been identified as a precipitant of ventricular arrhythmias. Anxiety may in part be attributed to concerns about the ICD firing, but the relationship between ICD concerns, psychological morbidity, and shocks has not been systematically investigated. We examined the relative importance of experienced shocks versus subjective concerns about the ICD as determinants of anxiety and depressive symptoms in ICD patients.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAmerican Heart Journal
Vol/bind149
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)664-9
Antal sider6
ISSN0002-8703
DOI
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2005

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