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Mental Health Scars Common After Cardiac Arrest, Virginia Commonwealth University Study



12/14/2012 8:22:09 AM

A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors suffer long-term psychological problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, according to a U.S. study. This additional stress on recovering patients is under diagnosed, researchers wrote in the journal Resuscitation, and doctors have few standard methods for identifying who is at risk. "Anxiety, depression and PTSD are major concerns after cardiac arrest," said lead author Kathryn Wilder Schaaf, a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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