Show: October 28, 2012:
- Do heart attack victims experience symptoms of PTSD?
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- What prompted new recommendations for pap smears?
- How do Darwinian principles explain the resilience of cancer cells?
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- How do long years on the job affect a police officer’s physical and mental health?
- How can you and your doctor make the right choices together?
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Do heart attack victims experience symptoms of PTSD?
Interview: Donald Edmondson, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia.
Donald Edmondson, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, discovered that as many as 1 in 8 people experience clinically significant PTSD symptoms after a heart attack. Edmondson shares with “Sound Medicine” host David Crabb, M.D., how PTSD, traditionally associated with combat veterans, can affect heart attack patients including symptoms of intrusive thoughts about their heart attack, flashbacks, and nightmares. These symptoms may even lead to another heart attack. Currently, the process used for diagnosing PTSD is the same in each type of situation. Edmondson believes that more could be understood about PTSD if it were studied and diagnosed specific to its cause.