Study: Cardiac arrest patients often endure debilitating mental fallout

The researchers want these patients, many with defibrillator implants, to be treated more proactively

Researchers are beginning to realize that with cardiac arrest patients--many who are treated with device implants such as defibrillators--there are far-greater needs than just performing the surgery. Many of these patients end up facing a wide range of long-term problems including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, according to a new study highlighted by Reuters. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and others reviewed 11 published studies from 1993 to 2011 that explored post-cardiac arrest mental health issues once patients were discharged. One-third experienced depression, and as many as 75 percent endured anxiety, the story notes. A sizeable minority also faced PTSD symptoms. The idea is that assessing and treating these patients for mental illnesses more proactively could help them live longer. Story