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PTSD Could Be a Risk for Heart Patients

Summary: A new study in JAMA suggests that there’s a link between ER overcrowding and post-traumatic stress disorder in heart patients.
Air Date: 2/15/13
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Guest Bio: Dr. Donald Edmondson
Dr. Donald Edmondson, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. His research focuses on the potential for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. His research is particularly concerned with the adverse clinical outcomes associated with PTSD due to cardiovascular events, the biological and behavioral mechanisms by which PTSD influences those outcomes, and the ways that emergency department factors during treatment for cardiovascular events may influence risk for both PTSD and poor cardiovascular prognosis.
PTSD Could Be a Risk for Heart Patients
Overcrowding in emergency rooms is becoming a major problem and health priority in the U.S.

Did you know that this overcrowding can add psychological stress and PTSD to heart attack patients that are brought to overcrowded emergency departments?

Find out the signs of potential Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought on by the additional stress of overcrowding.
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