The Myocarditis Foundation is proud to announce that we have awarded a special 2-year research grant, to Dr. William Bobo, MD, from Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Bobo, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo, Jacksonville, will be researching the effects of anxiety and depression on quality of life and health outcomes in people diagnosed with myocarditis and those who care for them.
Acute Myocarditis, a potentially life-threatening disease that often develops without warning, is typically associated with ongoing physical challenges among survivors, and striking emotional struggles among both survivors and their identified support givers/caregivers. While other ischemic and non-ischemic heart disease have been studied in relation to anxiety and depression, Dr. Bobo was only able to find one study on those who survived Fulminant Myocarditis and were on circulatory support. He found no reports focused on caregivers.
As such, very little is known about the impact of mental health conditions or symptoms in myocarditis survivors and their caregivers, highlighting a critical knowledge gap.
This project aims to identify people with myocarditis who are risk for clinically significant depression and anxiety.
Our congratulations to Dr. William Bobo and many thanks for his study of this in Myocarditis patents and their families!