Posttraumatic stress disorder following myocardial infarction or cardiac surgery
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Document TypeBook Chapter
Health Status Indicators
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Health Services Research
Mental and Social Health
Psychiatric and Mental Health
Psychiatry and Psychology
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AbstractAlthough traumatic events, such as combat and physical or sexual assault, are most often associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Kessler, Sonnega, Bromet, Hughes, & Nelson, 1995), a growing body of research indicates that PTSD can occur in individuals with a wide range of life-threatening illnesses (Buckley, Green, & Schnurr, 2004; Tedstone & Tarrier, 2003). The prevalence of PTSD for such medical conditions as myocardial infarction (MI), HIV, or cancer is lower than the prevalence associated with traumatic stressors such as combat or sexual assault, but PTSD can develop in a significant percentage of individuals who experience a life-threatening illness (Tedstone & Tarrier, 2003). In this chapter, we review research on the occurrence of PTSD in adults with cardiac disease. Investigators have been interested in this issue because, for some individuals, the onset of an acute cardiac event shares many features of traumatic events, such as combat or sexual assault. We begin by presenting a description of PTSD and then review research on its occurrence in adults with cardiac disease. This research focuses largely on individuals who have experienced an MI or undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). There have also been a few reports of PTSD in individuals who have survived cardiac arrest. We then examine findings regarding the course of PTSD and risk factors for its development, and we close with a discussion of future research directions and implications for clinical practice. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)
Doerfler, L. A., & Paraskos, J. A. (2011). Posttraumatic stress disorder following myocardial infarction or cardiac surgery. In R. Allen & J. Fisher (Eds.) Heart & mind: The evolution of cardiac psychology (p. 249 – 268). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. DOI 10.1037/13086-010
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