Talking therapies reduce anxiety and depression in working age heart patients
Group therapy relieves psychological distress, improves quality of life and results in fewer readmissions for heart problems, according to a study published today in European Heart Journal, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
Approximately 20% of all cardiac patients have signs of psychological distress, rising to one-third of employed patients,” said study author Annette Holdgaard, a nurse at Copenhagen University Hospital – Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg, Denmark. “Psychological symptoms like palpitations and chest discomfort can be difficult to distinguish from cardiac symptoms. This can lead to a vicious circle, with further distress that might limit a patient’s ability to live a normal life at home and work.”
Previous programmes for addressing psychological issues in heart patients were lengthy, and were delivered to individuals by a therapist or psychologist – making them difficult to use in real life. This study examined the effect of five group sessions o ...
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