Psychological symptom profiles in patients with chest pain.
C Tennant, A Mihailidou, A Scott, R Smith, J Kellow, M Jones, S Hunyor, M Lorang, R Hoschl
J Psychosom Res | Published : 1994
Five-hundred and thirty-two patients with ischaemic-like chest pain referred for symptom-limited exercise thallium myocardial perfusion studies, were assessed on a range of psychosocial measures. Three groups of patients were identified on the basis of their perfusion studies: (1) normal thallium perfusion; (2) current myocardial ischaemia; and (3) past myocardial infarction (but no current ischaemia). There were no significant psychological differences between these groups on a wide range of measures which included depression, state and trait anxiety, Type A behaviour, personality, suppression of affect, locus of control, alexythymia, and hypochondriasis. Significant differences were identi..View full abstract