PTSD and myocardial infarction.
Seventy-three patients were recruited at an Israeli cardiology clinic 6 months after MI and were followed for 1 year, from June to November 2001. All patients were prescribed aspirin therapy; 16% were found to be noncompliant, and 12% were suspected of resistance to aspirin as measured by platelet thromboxane production (Psychosom. Med. 66: 521-26, 2004).
Of the 65 patients who answered psychiatric questionnaires, 20% reported above-threshold PTSD symptoms. Fifty-five percent who admitted nonadherence and took the questionnaire had above-threshold PTSD. Only 13% of adherent patients who answered the questionnaire had above-threshold PTSD.
The investigators found that PTSD patients were more than twice as likely to be readmitted for a cardiovascular event during the 1-year follow-up than patients not meeting the threshold for PTSD.
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|Title Annotation:||Clinical Capsules; posttraumatic stress disorder|
|Publication:||Clinical Psychiatry News|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2004|
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