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Study Highlights Risks of Anxiety & Depression After Cardiac Device Implantation

Patients receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) should be regularly screened for anxiety and depression, according to research presented at EHRA 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1

Study author Professor Susanne Pedersen of Odense University Hospital, Denmark said: “Most patients adapt well to living with an ICD. For others, it completely changes their life, with worries about shocks from the device, body image, and livelihood as some need to change their job.”

Previous studies have shown that anxious or depressed ICD patients have poorer quality of life and increased risks of ...