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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1756510, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1756510
Case Report

Diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Patient Reaction and Adaptation—Case Study and Review of the Literature

1Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, London N15 3TH, UK
2Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BB, UK
3The Kingswood Centre, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JY, UK

Received 15 June 2016; Accepted 21 September 2016

Academic Editor: Charlotte Brown

Copyright © 2016 Solomis Solomou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. Heart failure remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Given that heart failure generally has a chronic course, it is important to appreciate the impact it can have on the quality of life of patients and also their partners or family carers. Method. Questionnaires were given to a patient newly diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, during his hospital admission, as well as after discharge. The responses are summarised and explored in the discussion section, where we used review of the literature to discuss the implications of a new diagnosis of heart failure. Results. The patient’s responses to the questionnaires suggest certain anxieties that are part of his adaptation to the diagnosis of heart failure. Conclusion. Depression is a common comorbid condition in patients with heart failure. Various tools can be used to screen for depression in patients with heart failure. Both pharmacological and nonpharmacological options are available. Rapid evaluation of ongoing problems and active participation by a psychiatrist can ensure that the patient receives the best possible clinical care.