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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-90

Posttraumatic stress disorder after myocardial infarction and coronary artery bypass grafting

1 Department of Cardiology, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA
2 Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
3 Department of Internal Medicine, St Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
4 Department of Internal Medicine, Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, PA, USA
5 Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA
6 Department of Psychiatry, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Sudip Nanda
Department of Cardiology, St. Luke's University Health Network, Heart and Vascular Center, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCIIS.IJCIIS_27_17

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Post traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric disease that is usually precipitated by life threatening stressors. Myocardial infarction, especially in the young can count as one such event. The development of post traumatic stress after a coronary event not only adversely effects psychiatric health, but leads to increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. There is increasing evidence that like major depression, post traumatic stress disorder is also a strong coronary risk factor. Early diagnosis and treatment of this disease in patients with acute manifestations of coronary artery disease can improve patient outcomes.

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