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Heart disease patients face greater risk of PTSD

k factors increasing the likelihood of PTSD in CAD patients:

  • ersonality traits or types such as neuroticism or distressed personality
  • Aspects of the cardiac event itself, such as the patient's perception and reaction to it
  • Certain specific psychiatric symptoms -- dissociation and acute stress disorder -- at the time of coronary artery disease
  • Lack of social support
  • Demographic factors such as being female or of relatively younger age
  • Prior psychiatric history and prior trauma


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  • Contact: Helle Spindler
    hellesp@psy.au.dk
    Center for the Advancement of Health
    22-Sep-2005


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