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Having 'Type D' Personality May Hurt Your Health

People With Distressed Personalities More Likely to Report Worse Health After Getting a Defibrillator

Patient Counseling and Psychological Intervention Likely to Help continued...

Cardiologist Byron Lee, MD, a defibrillator specialist at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, agrees with Pedersen that doctors, including himself, need to take into account their ICD patients' psychological well-being.

"We're so focused on the body and its diseases that we don't pay enough attention to their state of mind before or after their procedure," say Lee, who was not involved in the research. "This study underscores the need to pick up on this, and it shows that that can be done with very simple questionnaires."

Lee says that such screening could lead to psychological interventions aimed at relieving a patient's emotional distress before that distress causes real harm.

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