Personality traits, ventricular tachyarrhythmias, and mortality in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: 6 years follow-up of the WEBCARE cohort
General Hospital Psychiatry , Volume 62 p. 56- 62
Objective: Risk stratification within the ICD population warrants the examining of the role of protective- and risk factors. Current study examines the association between Type D personality, pessimism, and optimism and risk of ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTa's) and mortality in patients with a first-time ICD 6 years post implantation. Methods: A total of 221 first-implant ICD patients completed questionnaires on optimism and pessimism (Life Orientation Test) and Type D personality (Type D scale DS14) 10 to 14 days after implantation. VTa's and all-cause mortality 6 years post implant comprised the study endpoints. Results: Ninety (40.7%) patients had experienced VTa's and 37 (16.7%) patients died, 12 (5.4%) due to a cardiac cause. Adjusted logistic regression analysis showed that pessimism was significantly associated with increased risk of VTa's (OR = 1.09; 95% CI = 1.00–1.19; p =.05). Type D personality (OR = 1.05; 95% CI = 0.47–2.32; p =.91) and optimism (OR = 1.00; 95% CI = 0.90–1.12; p =.98) were not associated with VTa's. None of the personality types were associated with mortality. Conclusion: Pessimism was associated with VTa's but not with mortality. No significant association with either of the endpoints was observed for Type D personality and optimism. Future research should focus on the coexistent psychosocial factors that possibly lead to adverse cardiac prognosis in this patient population.
|Implantable cardioverter defibrillators, Mortality, Personality, Ventricular tachyarrhythmia|
|General Hospital Psychiatry|
|Organisation||Department of Cardiology|
Broers, E.R. (E. R.), Habibović, M, Denollet, J, Widdershoven, J.W, Alings, M, Theuns, D.A.M.J, … Pedersen, S.S. (S. S.). (2020). Personality traits, ventricular tachyarrhythmias, and mortality in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: 6 years follow-up of the WEBCARE cohort. General Hospital Psychiatry, 62, 56–62. doi:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2019.11.009