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European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Muna H Hammash, Timothy Crawford, Celeste Shawler, Melanie Schrader, Chin-Yen Lin, Deena Shewekah, Debra K Moser
BACKGROUND: Adherence to treatment is crucial to improve outcomes in patients with heart failure. Good social support is associated with better adherence, but the mechanism for this association has not been well-explored. AIMS: The aim of this secondary analysis was to examine whether self-care confidence mediates the relationship between social support and treatment adherence in heart failure patients hospitalized with acute exacerbation. METHODS: A total of 157 inpatients with heart failure (63...
April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Chayakrit Krittanawong, Anusith Tunhasiriwet, Sakkarin Chirapongsathorn, Takeshi Kitai
Globally, among infectious diseases, influenza is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Individuals with chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, are particularly vulnerable to complications of an influenza infection. The European Society of Cardiology recommended annual influenza vaccinations for patients with cardiovascular disease. Numerous studies have suggested a link between influenza and increased risk of cardiovascular events. Despite its proven benefits, little is known about the reason for the underutilization of influenza vaccination...
April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Gunilla Haydon, Pamela van der Riet, Kerry Inder
BACKGROUND: Survival following cardiac arrest and subsequent cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is increasing worldwide, mainly due to greater awareness of the symptoms of cardiac events and an increased attention to CPR training. Although patient outcomes remain unpredictable and quantitative studies suggest that the overall quality of life (QOL) is acceptable, it is valuable to synthesise qualitative studies exploring these phenomena in depth, providing a deeper knowledge of survivors' experiences and QOL...
April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Birgitta Wireklint Sundström, Magnus Andersson Hagiwara, Peter Brink, Johan Herlitz, Per Olof Hansson
BACKGROUND: The early chain of care is critical for stroke patients. The most important part is the so-called 'system delay' i.e. the delay time from call to the emergency medical services until a diagnosis is established (computer tomography). AIM: The purpose of this study was to relate the initial priority level given by the dispatch centre to the early chain of care in acute stroke and to short-term and long-term mortality. METHODS: All patients hospitalised with the first and the final diagnosis of acute stroke, 15 December 2010-15 April 2011, were recruited across nine hospitals, each hospital with a stroke care unit...
April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Martina Fiori, Jos M Latour, Férenc Los
BACKGROUND: There is a growing interest in the impact of family-witnessed resuscitation. However, evidence about the effect of hospitalised patients witnessing other patients' resuscitations is limited. AIM: The aim of this systematic review is to explore the existing evidence related to the impact on patients who witness resuscitation attempts on other patients in hospital settings. METHODS: The databases BNI, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE and PsycINFO were searched with the terms 'patient', 'inpatient', 'resuscitation', 'CPR', 'cardiopulmonary resuscitation' and 'witness'...
April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Izabella Uchmanowicz
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April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Annette Nygårdh, Margit Neher, Anders Broström, Per Nilsen, Peter Johansson
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April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Tone M Norekvål, Paulus Kirchhof, Donna Fitzsimons
Nurses and allied professionals are at the forefront of care delivery in patients with arrythmogenic risk and have a responsibility to deliver care that is focused on their individual needs. The 2015 European Society of Cardiology guideline on prevention of ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death heralds a step-change in patient and family focus and interdisciplinary involvement. This development reflects a recognition within the European Society of Cardiology that chronic care of patients with cardiovascular conditions can be improved by involving all stakeholders, making use of multidisciplinary interventions, and placing the patient at the centre of the care process...
March 1, 2017: 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
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
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
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