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Assessment of anxiety and health-related quality of life in patients with lower extremity peripheral arterial occlusive disease.

  • Guzelhan, Yalcin1
  • Oztas, Didem Melis2
  • Conkbayir, Cenk3
  • Rodoplu, Orhan4
  • Erdinc, Ibrahim5
  • Canbay, Cagla6
  • Ugurlucan, Murat6
  • Alpagut, Ufuk6
  • Bozbuga, Nilgun6
  • 1 Department of Psychiatry, Istanbul Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. , (Turkey)
  • 2 Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic, Bagcilar Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. , (Turkey)
  • 3 Department of Cardiology, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus. , (Cyprus)
  • 4 Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic, Kadikoy Medicana Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey. , (Turkey)
  • 5 Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic, Izmir Bozyaka Education and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey. , (Turkey)
  • 6 Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey. , (Turkey)
Published Article
Archives of medical sciences. Atherosclerotic diseases
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
DOI: 10.5114/amsad.2020.97728
PMID: 32832723


The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of chronic occlusive vascular disease on anxiety with adverse outcome with health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Three hundred and thirty-five patients who were treated for peripheral arterial occlusive disease were enrolled in this study. 187 patients who had undergone percutaneous transluminal angioplasty and 148 patients who had one or more surgical revascularizations enrolled in the study. Mean age of the patients was 62.6 ±10 years. Two hundred and eighty-nine patients were male, 46 patients were female. Physical and mental domains of quality of life were measured using the 36-item Medical Outcomes Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) self-administered questionnaire and anxiety symptoms were assessed using the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). At baseline 335 patients filled out the SF-36 and STAI, and 304 patients (90.7 % of the series) filled them out at 6-month follow-up. There was no mortality and no significant morbidity after vascular interventions in the series. Significant improvement was found in two of eight health domains. The score of social functioning increased to 60.4 from 52.6 (p < 0.03) and general health perception increased to 75.1 from 60.5 (p < 0.04) at 6-month follow-up. The two STAI sub-scores, the State Anxiety Inventory (STAI-S) and the Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-T) were found high (≥ 40) both preoperatively and 6 months postoperatively. Postoperatively there was no significant decrease of the levels of anxiety. This study suggests that the assessment of psychosocial factors, particularly the ongoing assessment of anxiety, could help in risk stratification and prediction of functional status in patients suffering from lower extremity peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Copyright: © 2020 Termedia & Banach.

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