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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
Kirsten Redman, Sally Thorne, Sandra B Lauck, Tarnia Taverner
BACKGROUND: Many patients with atrial fibrillation experience uncertainty and psychological distress. Internet support groups for atrial fibrillation have yet to be studied. AIM: To determine the content and dialogue on an online message board for atrial fibrillation with the purpose of elucidating information and support needs from patient perspectives. METHODS: Interpretative description methodology was undertaken to explore conversation from a publicly available website for atrial fibrillation over a 3-month period...
March 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Caleb Ferguson, Jeroen Hendriks
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March 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
C Nymark, F Saboonchi, A-C Mattiasson, P Henriksson, A Kiessling
BACKGROUND: Reducing patient delay for patients afflicted by an acute myocardial infarction is a task of great complexity, which might be alleviated if more factors that influence this delay could be identified. Although a number of self-reported instruments associated with patient delay exist, none of these taps the content of the appraisal process related to patients' subjective emotions. AIM: The aim of this study was to develop and validate a questionnaire aimed at assessing patients' appraisal, emotions and action tendencies when afflicted by an acute myocardial infarction...
March 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
David L Hare, Louisa P Selvadurai, Jerry Q Wang, Ho Hin Yau, Madeline J Stone, Bhairavi Raman, Nibo Wu, William Y Shi, Samia R Toukhsati
BACKGROUND: Depression is common in patients with cardiovascular disease and is a risk marker for increased mortality. The valid and reliable detection of depression is fundamental to the appropriate management of these patients. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric characteristics of the Cardiac Depression Scale Short Form 1 (DS-SF1) and the Cardiac Depression Scale Short Form 2 (DS-SF2) for screening cardiac outpatients in clinical settings...
March 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Sheeba R Nadarajah, Susan W Buchholz, Debra L Wiegand, Ann Berger
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation is often under-utilized despite its well-known benefits. Individuals with cardiac disease who exhibit a positive outlook often experience improved health outcomes. This study tried to explore the question: "What are the lived experiences of cardiac recovery in cardiac rehabilitation individuals with a predominantly positive outlook in the context of an acute cardiac event?" AIMS: Our primary aim explored the experiences of cardiac recovery in cardiac rehabilitation participants with a predominantly positive outlook, within the context of an acute cardiac event, including exploring barriers and facilitators of cardiac recovery...
March 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Kathleen T Hickey, Lynn V Doering, Belinda Chen, Erik V Carter, Robert R Sciacca, David Pickham, Carmen Castillo, Nicole R Hauser, Barbara J Drew
BACKGROUND: Little attention has focused on gender differences in cardiac comorbidities and outcomes in patients undergoing orthotropic heart transplant. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate gender differences at baseline and during follow-up among heart transplant patients. METHODS: An observational cohort within the NEW HEART study was evaluated to determine gender differences in relation to age, coexisting cardiac comorbidities, and outcomes...
March 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Karin Olsson, Johan Nilsson, Åsa Hörnsten, Ulf Näslund
BACKGROUND: Aortic stenosis is the most common valve disease in western countries and has poor prognosis without treatment. Surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) is the gold standard, and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a new method that is used in high-risk patients who are denied surgery. The purpose of treatment is not only to save life, but also to reduce symptoms and increase health-related quality of life (HRQoL). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe patients' self-reported outcomes in terms of physical function, symptoms, dependence, HRQoL, and cognitive function after TAVI and SAVR...
March 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Núria Santaularia, Josefina Caminal, Anna Arnau, Montserrat Perramon, Jesus Montesinos, Montserrat Abenoza Guardiola, Tiny Jaarsma
BACKGROUND: The results of research into the outcomes of physical rehabilitation and its relationship with post-myocardial ischaemia survival and readmissions are inconclusive. Our primary aim was to evaluate the efficacy of a supervised exercise training programme in terms of decreasing hospital cardiac readmission in patients with myocardial ischaemia. METHODS: We conducted a randomised controlled trial including patients with myocardial ischaemia. Eligible patients were assigned to a control group receiving standard care or to an intervention group that took part in a supervised exercise training programme...
March 2017: 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
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