Psychosocial adjustment of patients arriving early at the emergency department after acute myocardial infarction

Robert M. Carney, Kenneth E. Freedland, Karen A. Clark, Judith A. Skala, Laurie J. Smith, Alan Delamater, Allan S. Jaffe

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The psychosocial functioning of patients arriving at the emergency department with an acute myocardial infarction early enough to be candidates for treatment with thrombolytic agents was compared with that of those arriving later. Patients who arrived within 3 hours were significantly more anxious when assessed 1 week after admission and had a consistently worse pattern of psychosocial adjustment 3 months after hospital discharge than did those who arrived later. The implications of these findings for efforts to improve early arrival at the emergency department, as well as for medical and psychosocial outcomes after acute myocardial infarction, were considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-162
Number of pages3
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 15 1992


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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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