A sample of 21 sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivors were interviewed every 48 hours during hospitalization to determine emotional, cognitive, and physiological parameters of recovery. On the average, SCA survivors were not excessively anxious, depressed, angry, or confused during hospitalization, but they did report high levels of denial and uncertainty. The two most predominant cognitive impairments at the time of hospital discharge were loss of short-term memory and construction ability. Both the number of cardiac arrhythmias and the types of interventions used to manage them decreased as hospital discharge approached.
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