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Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes: Women who survive cardiac arrest are more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression

July 9, 2024  20:33

A new study warns that female cardiac arrest survivors are more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression than male cardiac arrest survivors.

"Data on the five-year health effects of cardiac arrest showed that the most significant increase was a 50% increase in antidepressant prescriptions in the first year among women, which was not seen in men," said researcher Robin Smits, a doctoral student at the University of Amsterdam Medical Center.

After five years, that increase had shrunk to about a 20% increase in prescriptions.

"While we need to do more research to understand exactly why this is happening, we can already say that it shows that women are not getting adequate support after cardiac arrest," Smits said.

For the study, researchers analyzed data on 1,250 people (average age 53) who survived out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the Netherlands. They also found that people who survived cardiac arrest were more likely to face financial problems afterward.

The new study was published in the journal Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

An earlier study involving the same group found that women live longer than men after cardiac arrest. "By combining these two studies, we see that the effects of cardiac arrest differ by gender," Smits noted. - While women are more likely to survive and live longer, they are also more likely to experience mental health problems after cardiac arrest."

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