Development of a Construct of Psychological Dependency in Patients with the Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator: A Quality of Life Issue

  • Elizabeth Piasecki
  • Mary Gutmann
  • Kathi Axtell
  • Patrick Tchou

Abstract

Cardiologists involved with implantation and continuous follow-up of patients implanted with the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) have begun to question how the patient interacts psychologically with the device. Research to date on the psychological complications of AICD implantation has been sparse. A retrospective, descriptive study was designed to structure and assess the numerous variables associated with AICD implantation and psychosocial outcome.

Keywords

Depression Amiodarone 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Piasecki
    • 1
  • Mary Gutmann
  • Kathi Axtell
    • 1
  • Patrick Tchou
    • 1
  1. 1.Sinai Samaritan Medical CenterUniversity of Wisconsin Medical SchoolMilwaukeeUSA

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