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European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Larisa A Burke, Anne G Rosenfeld, Mohamud R Daya, Karen M Vuckovic, Jessica K Zegre-Hemsey, Maria Felix Diaz, Josemare Tosta Daiube Santos, Sahereh Mirzaei, Holli A DeVon
BACKGROUND: It is estimated half of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients have one or more associated comorbid conditions. AIMS: Aims were to: 1) examine the prevalence of comorbid conditions in patients presenting to the emergency department with symptoms suggestive of ACS; 2) determine if comorbid conditions influence ACS symptoms; and 3) determine if comorbid conditions predict the likelihood of receiving an ACS diagnosis. METHODS: A total of 1064 patients admitted to five emergency departments were enrolled in this prospective study...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Natasa Sedlar, Mitja Lainscak, Jan Mårtensson, Anna Strömberg, Tiny Jaarsma, Jerneja Farkas
BACKGROUND: Self-care is an important element in the comprehensive management of patients with heart failure. The European Heart Failure Self-Care Behaviour Scale (EHFScBS) was developed and tested to measure behaviours performed by the heart failure patients to maintain life, healthy functioning, and wellbeing. AIMS: The purpose of this review was to evaluate the importance of factors associated with heart failure self-care behaviours as measured by the EHFScBS...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Andrea Greco, Luca Pancani, Marta Sala, Anna Maria Annoni, Patrizia Steca, Marco Paturzo, Fabio D'Agostino, Rosaria Alvaro, Ercole Vellone
BACKGROUND: A better understanding of caregiver burden and its determinants is essential to support caregivers. Many instruments have been developed to measure caregiver burden in various illness contexts, but few have been psychometrically tested for caregivers of heart failure patients. AIMS: The aim of this study was to test the validity (factorial and concurrent validity) and reliability (internal consistency) of the caregiver burden inventory (CBI) in a cohort of caregivers of heart failure patients...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Ewa Hägglund, Inger Hagerman, Kerstin Dencker, Anna Strömberg
AIMS: The aims of this study were to determine whether yoga and hydrotherapy training had an equal effect on the health-related quality of life in patients with heart failure and to compare the effects on exercise capacity, clinical outcomes, and symptoms of anxiety and depression between and within the two groups. METHODS: The design was a randomized controlled non-inferiority study. A total of 40 patients, 30% women (mean±SD age 64.9±8.9 years) with heart failure were randomized to an intervention of 12 weeks, either performing yoga or training with hydrotherapy for 45-60 minutes twice a week...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Irene Valaker, Tone M Norekvål, Maj-Britt Råholm, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, Svein Rotevatn, Bengt Fridlund
BACKGROUND: Although patients may experience a quick recovery followed by rapid discharge after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), continuity of care from hospital to home can be particularly challenging. Despite this fact, little is known about the experiences of care across the interface between secondary and primary healthcare systems in patients undergoing PCI. AIM: To explore how patients undergoing PCI experience continuity of care between secondary and primary care settings after early discharge...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Raphael Dorka
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January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Ling-Yin Chang, Shan-Ying Wu, Chern-En Chiang, Pei-Shan Tsai
BACKGROUND: Despite the recognition of the negative effects of depressive symptoms on self-care confidence and self-care maintenance in patients with heart failure, little is known about the moderating role of resilience underlying these relations. AIMS: To explore whether depressive symptoms affect self-care maintenance through self-care confidence and whether this mediating process was moderated by resilience. METHODS: The sample comprised 201 community-dwelling and medically stable patients with echocardiographically documented heart failure...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Diana P Brostow, Megan L Petrik, Amy J Starosta, Stephen W Waldo
OBJECTIVES: The association between cardiovascular disease and depression is well-established. Peripheral arterial disease arises from atherosclerosis like other cardiovascular disease, but unlike other cardiovascular disease, it impairs ambulation and lower extremity function. Given peripheral arterial disease's unique characteristics and underrepresentation in mental health research, we aimed to: (a) assess the prevalence of depression or depressive symptoms among peripheral arterial disease patients compared to coronary artery disease rates, (b) assess whether an independent association between peripheral arterial disease and depression exists, and (c) identify associated factors that may be targeted for intervention...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Annelie K Gusdal, Karin Josefsson, Eva Thors Adolfsson, Lene Martin
BACKGROUND: Support from the family positively affects self-management, patient outcomes and the incidence of hospitalizations among patients with heart failure. To involve family members in heart failure care is thus valuable for the patients. Registered nurses frequently meet family members of patients with heart failure and the quality of these encounters is likely to be influenced by the attitudes registered nurses hold toward families. AIMS: To explore registered nurses' attitudes toward the importance of families' involvement in heart failure nursing care and to identify factors that predict the most supportive attitudes...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
José M Hernández-Padilla, José Granero-Molina, Verónica V Márquez-Hernández, Fiona Suthers, Olga M López-Entrambasaguas, Cayetano Fernández-Sola
BACKGROUND: Rapid and accurate interpretation of cardiac arrhythmias by nurses has been linked with safe practice and positive patient outcomes. Although training in electrocardiogram rhythm recognition is part of most undergraduate nursing programmes, research continues to suggest that nurses and nursing students lack competence in recognising cardiac rhythms. In order to promote patient safety, nursing educators must develop valid and reliable assessment tools that allow the rigorous assessment of this competence before nursing students are allowed to practise without supervision...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Barbro Kjellström, Anders Gustafsson, Eva Nordendal, Anna Norhammar, Åke Nygren, Per Näsman, Lars Rydén, Marie Åsberg
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial stress and depression are established risk factors for cardiovascular disease and a relationship to periodontitis has been suggested. We studied symptoms of depression and their relation to myocardial infarction and periodontitis. METHODS: In a Swedish case-control study, 805 patients, <75 years with a first myocardial infarction and 805 controls without myocardial infarction were matched for age, gender and geographic area. Mean age was 62±8 years and 81% were male...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Ulrica Strömbäck, Irene Vikman, Dan Lundblad, Robert Lundqvist, Åsa Engström
BACKGROUND: Several studies have examined various parameters and experiences when patients suffer their first myocardial infarction (MI), but knowledge about when they suffer their second MI is limited. AIM: To compare risk factors for MI, that is, diabetes, hypertension and smoking, for the first and second MI events in men and women affected by two MIs and to analyse the time intervals between the first and second MIs. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of 1017 patients aged 25-74 years with first and second MIs from 1990 through 2009 registered in the Northern Sweden MONICA registry...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Iwona Korzeniowska-Kubacka, Maria Bilińska, Dorota Piotrowska, Monika Stepnowska, Ryszard Piotrowicz
AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the effectiveness of exercise training on depression, anxiety, physical capacity and sympatho-vagal balance in patients after myocardial infarction and compare differences between men and women. METHODS: Thirty-two men aged 56.3±7.6 years and 30 women aged 59.2±8.1 years following myocardial infarction underwent an 8-week training programme consisting of 24 interval trainings on cycloergometer, three times a week. Before and after completing the training programme, patients underwent: depression intensity assessment with the Beck depression inventory; anxiety assessment with the state-trait anxiety inventory; a symptom-limited exercise test during which were analysed: maximal workload, duration, double product...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Eduarda Ribeiro Dos Santos, Camila Takao Lopes, Vera Lucia Regina Maria, Alba Lucia Bottura Leite de Barros
BACKGROUND: No previous study has investigated the predictive risk factors of the nursing diagnosis of risk for decreased cardiac output after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). AIMS: This study aimed to identify the predictive risk factors of the nursing diagnosis of risk for decreased cardiac output after CABG. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study performed at a cardiac university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil and 257 adult patients undergoing CABG were included...
November 25, 2016: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Siv Js Olsen, Bengt Fridlund, Leslie Sp Eide, Karl O Hufthammer, Karel Kj Kuiper, Jan E Nordrehaug, Elisabeth Skaar, Tone M Norekvål
BACKGROUND: In addition to favourable results regarding mortality and morbidity it is important to identify the impact transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has on patients' quality of life. AIMS: The aims were: (i) to describe clinical characteristics, self-reported health and quality of life in octogenarians before TAVI intervention; (ii) to determine changes in self-reported health and quality of life one month after TAVI; and (iii) to establish the clinical importance of the findings...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Holli A DeVon, Karen Vuckovic, Catherine J Ryan, Susan Barnason, Julie J Zerwic, Bunny Pozehl, Paula Schulz, Yaewon Seo, Lani Zimmerman
BACKGROUND: Although individual symptoms and symptom trajectories for various cardiovascular conditions have been reported, there is limited research identifying the symptom clusters that may provide a better understanding of patients' experiences with heart disease. AIMS: To summarize the state of the science in symptom cluster research for patients with acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass surgery, and heart failure through systematic review and to provide direction for the translation of symptom cluster research into the clinical setting...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Jia-Rong Wu, Terry A Lennie, Debra K Moser
BACKGROUND: Health disparities are related to race/ethnicity, financial status and poor self-care behaviors, but the relationships between these factors remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationships between race/ethnicity, financial status and cardiac event-free survival, and the reasons for any disparities in patients with heart failure (HF). METHODS: We collected demographic data (e.g., race/ethnicity and financial status), clinical data (e...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
S R Toukhsati, A Jovanovic, S Dehghani, T Tran, A Tran, D L Hare
BACKGROUND: Psychological resilience is associated with an improved capacity to cope with chronic health challenges such as cardiovascular disease. AIMS: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the relationship between psychological resilience and symptoms of depression in a non-acute cardiac outpatient population. METHODS: A total of 419 adult cardiac outpatients (288 men; mean±SD age 66.26±14.04 years) attending cardiovascular clinics completed the Sense of Coherence (SOC13) scale as a measure of psychological resilience and the Cardiac Depression Scale (CDS26) prior to their consultation...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Maria Wahlstrom, Monica Rydell Karlsson, Jörgen Medin, Viveka Frykman
BACKGROUND: Patients with atrial fibrillation often have an impaired quality of life (QoL). Practising yoga may decrease stress and have positive effects on mental and physical health. The aim of this study was to investigate whether yoga can improve QoL and decrease blood pressure and heart rate in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). METHODS: In this pilot study, 80 patients diagnosed with PAF were randomized to standard treatment (control group, n=40) or standard treatment in combination with yoga (yoga group, n=40) during a 12-week period...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Andrew Rideout, Elizabeth Tolmie, Grace Lindsay
INTRODUCTION: Health locus of control is a measure of an individual's beliefs in factors that are thought to determine health experiences. Scores are generated and form a graduated linear scale from external to internal control, with respect to their views on health causality. Health locus of control has been considered to be a relatively stable entity. However, it is not clear if this status changes in the advent of serious health challenges, such as coronary artery bypass graft surgery...
January 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
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