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The Mental Health of Adolescents Living with Potentially Fatal Arrhythmia:
A Systematic Review of the Literature


Inherited cardiac arrhythmias often go undiagnosed until adolescence, when episodes of syncope or cardiac arrest begin. Given that adolescence is a developmental period characterized by frequent mental health challenges, paediatric cardiologists suggest that, upon diagnosis, many become psychosocially distressed. However, there is little empirical evidence describing the mental health of adolescents diagnosed with a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia.  
 
We conducted a systematic review that will increase awareness of mental health problems in adolescents with inherited arrhythmia syndromes among healthcare professionals. Our goal is to better understand the mental health problems most likely to occur and identify gaps in current knowledge regarding the mental health of these patients. 
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