What is it about?
We interviewed 343 patients with different heart diseases who attended the cardiac outpatient clinic at King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. We used a commonly used diagnostic instrument, the Mini-Neuropsychiatric Interview (known as MINI), to confirm the psychiatric diagnoses. Among these patients, (27.1% were found to have a psychiatric disorder. The most common mental illnesses were major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.
Why is it important?
Knowing how common are psychiatric disorders in patients with heart diseases is crucial. To ensure managing cardiac patients in a holistic approach and cover other aspects of their quality of life, mental health assessment has to be included. While there are studies that estimated the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in cardiac patients, these were targeted to specific mental illness or to specific heart disease. There is scarce of literature that estimated mental illnesses in a general setting like outpatient department.
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This page is a summary of: Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders in Cardiac Outpatients, Psychiatric Annals, September 2020, SLACK, Inc., DOI: 10.3928/00485713-20200807-01.
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