For heart patients, practice refreshes memory and increases knowledge, study finds. Giving people slated for heart surgery recordings of their pre-surgery consultations not only increased their knowledge about the procedure and their health but reduced their anxiety and depression as well, a new study has found.
Researchers at the Royal Glasgow Infirmary, in Scotland, said that anxiety keeps many heart surgery patients from fully absorbing all the information presented to them, which can then interfere with the informed consent process.
Their study included 84 people who were to have coronary artery surgery for the first time.... More -->
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