The scores of answers provided to each item vary from 0 to 3 and the sum from each subscale may vary from 0 to 21, where higher values indicate greater presence of anxiety and depression symptoms.These data were collected through individual interviews with the participants during hospitalization the day before the cardiac surgery.INTRODUCTION Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the main cause of morbimortality in developed and developing countries.
Data analysis used the Statistical Package Social Science (SPSS), version 17.0, for Windows.
A descriptive analysis was conducted for all variables.
Despite its potentially favorable outcome, patients waiting for cardiac surgery may feel important psychological affliction.
In addition to the physical stressors such as the anesthesia procedure itself, patients are also exposed to psychological stressors and may show anxiety and depression symptoms.
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