Sleep disturbance, depression and mortality risk in cardiac patients

Sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea are common in people who have had a cardiac event. Sleep disorders can be particularly problematic as they reduce patients' capacity to return to full physical functioning after their cardiac event and also contribute to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 

This important study involves a number of components including a systematic review of the literature regarding sleep disorders and anxiety and depression in cardiac patients; a survey of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) health professionals regarding screening for sleep disorders in CR settings; and ultimately the development of a program to support cardiac patients in adjusting to and managing sleep disorders.