A new study by Ohio State University researchers has shown that patients who
complain of anxiety after a heart attack are not being managed appropriately.
The researchers who looked at an experience of 101 heart attack victims have
found that patients' own descriptions of anxiety after a heart attack and the
way it is recorded and treated by their doctors do not match. In the group of
participants it was found that anxiety levels varied from none to severe.
Researchers found that almost half of those who said they were extremely anxious
and more than half who said that they were mildly anxious had not had any
previous clinical assessment of anxiety. It was also fond that though three
quarters of the participants had received treatment for anxiety, only half the
cases had had a prior clinical assessment. Also, follow-ups to these treatments
was found to be very rare.
Anxiety, according to the researchers is common and inevitable after following a
heart attack and if left untreated it may impair patients' recovery. The
researchers have now developed an easy-to-administer tool that will assess
patient's level of anxiety and help doctors treat them accordingly.