Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 151–159

Myocardial infarction and post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Ron C. van Driel
  • Wybrand Op den Velde
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/BF02105413

Cite this article as:
van Driel, R.C. & Op den Velde, W. J Trauma Stress (1995) 8: 151. doi:10.1007/BF02105413


Studies concerning the development of a post-traumatic stress disorder related to severe illness are scarce. The confrontation with myocardial infarction may be a very stressful event. Twenty-three patients consecutively admitted for first myocardial infarction were studied. After two years 1 of 18 survivors had been suffering from a partial post-traumatic stress disorder. Similarities and differences in the psychological reactions following potential traumatic events are discussed.

Key words

psychological trauma post-traumatic stress disorder myocardial infarction 

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© International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ron C. van Driel
    • 1
  • Wybrand Op den Velde
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatrySt. Lucas HospitalAmsterdamthe Netherlands

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