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Women's health after a first myocardial infarction: a comprehensive perspective on recovery over a 4-year period
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
2003 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 19-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND:

Little attention has so far been focused on follow ups of women's long-term recovery after a myocardial infarction (MI), especially from a comprehensive perspective.

AIM:

The aim of this study was to prospectively determine women's self-rated health after a first MI from a comprehensive perspective on recovery over a 4-year period.

METHODS:

Consecutively chosen women (n=240) who had suffered a first MI were asked to complete a self-rated questionnaire regarding health (including not only biophysical, but also behavioral, emotional, social and working conditions) before being discharged from hospital as well as 1 and 4 years later. The results were analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics.

RESULTS:

Health improvements, especially during the first year, could be observed in the women's behavioral condition regarding their attitude to diet consciousness, exercise, simultaneous capability and smoking behavior as well as in the emotional condition regarding their stressful life events, depressed mood and loss of control. In the social condition, the women considered that the healthcare professionals had improved their support over time as well as treating the women's complaints more seriously. Regarding the working condition, the women felt that they were being controlled at work, especially during the first year after the MI.

CONCLUSIONS:

Based on a comprehensive perspective on women's recovery after a first MI, a favorable development of the women's health was observed in the behavioral and emotional conditions while deterioration in the social and working conditions was observed over time. Thus, further efforts are needed in the two latter conditions by means of further studies in combination with greater support from healthcare professionals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier , 2003. Vol. 2, no 1, p. 19-25
Keywords [en]
Comprehensive, Coronary heart disease, Health, Myocardial infarction, Recovery, Risk factors, Women, Life Style, Quality of life
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-3548DOI: 10.1016/S1474-5151(02)00088-9PubMedID: 14622645Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0038506710OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-3548DiVA, id: diva2:284899
Available from: 2010-01-08 Created: 2009-12-01 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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