The impact of illness perceptions and disease severity on quality of life in congenital heart disease

Cardiol Young. 2015 Jan 20:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]

The impact of illness perceptions and disease severity on quality of life in congenital heart disease.

O'Donovan CE1Painter L2Lowe B2Robinson H1Broadbent E1.

Comment: Symptoms of anxiety and depression are common in adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease.  In this study by O’Donovan and colleagues from New Zealand found that 23% of the 110 patients (mean age 32±12.8 years) enrolled in the study had symptoms of depression and 30% were noted to have anxiety.  In addition, they found a strong relationship between these measures and perceptions of illness. The authors suggest that these findings indicate that it is important to address psychological issues in patients with congenital heart disease and such intervention may help improve mental health and quality of life.