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European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Maaike Brons, Stefan Koudstaal, Folkert W Asselbergs
INTRODUCTION: Non-invasive telemonitoring programmes detecting deterioration of heart failure are increasingly used in heart failure care. AIM: The aim of this study was to compare different monitoring algorithms used in non-invasive telemonitoring programmes for patients with chronic heart failure. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature review in MEDLINE (PubMed) and Embase to identify published reports on non-invasive telemonitoring programmes in patients with heart failure aged over 18 years...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Gabrielle McKee, Mary Mooney, Sharon O'Donnell, Frances O'Brien, Martha J Biddle, Debra K Moser
BACKGROUND: Low physical activity has long been identified as a risk factor for coronary heart disease. AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the factors that influence changes in the physical activity of patients following an acute coronary syndrome event. METHODS: The prospective, inferential cohort design recruited patients admitted to hospital following an acute coronary syndrome event across five research sites. Physical activity was assessed using the short form international physical activity questionnaire...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Philip Moons, Tone M Norekval
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June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
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June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Matteo Danielis, Martina Chittaro, Amato De Monte, Giulio Trillò, Davide Durì
BACKGROUND: The reporting and analysing of data of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests encourages the quality improvement of the emergency medical services. For this reason, the establishment of a sufficiently large patient database is intended to allow analysis of resuscitation treatments for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and performances of different emergency medical services. AIMS: The aim of this study was to describe the demographics, characteristics, outcomes and determinant factors of survival for patients who suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Ana M Palmar-Santos, Azucena Pedraz-Marcos, Juan Zarco-Colón, Milagros Ramasco-Gutiérrez, Eva García-Perea, Monserrat Pulido-Fuentes
BACKGROUND: The technological advances of medicine, and specifically the techniques of organ transplants, have allowed crossing the border of life and death. This is especially relevant in the case of heart transplant, since its symbolism requires a redefinition not only of these traditional concepts, but also of the body or of one's own identity. AIMS: To explore the experiences of patients after receiving a heart from a donor. METHODS: A phenomenological qualitative approach, through Merleau Ponty and Levinas perspectives, was conducted to capture the subjective experiences of heart transplant patients...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Davinia Maria Resurrección, Patricia Moreno-Peral, Marta Gómez-Herranz, Maria Rubio-Valera, Luis Pastor, Jose Miguel Caldas de Almeida, Emma Motrico
BACKGROUND: Although evidence exists for the efficacy of cardiac rehabilitation programmes to reduce morbidity and mortality among patients with cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation programmes are underused. We aimed systematically to review the evidence from prospective cohort studies on factors associated with non-participation in and/or dropping out from cardiac rehabilitation programmes. METHODS: MedLine, Embase, Scopus, Open Grey and Cochrane Database were searched for relevant publications from inception to February 2018...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Jos Dobber, Corine Latour, Marjolein Snaterse, Berno van Meijel, Gerben Ter Riet, Wilma Scholte Op Reimer, Ron Peters
BACKGROUND: If nurses have the communication skills and the time, they can play an important role in increasing the intrinsic motivation of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) to change their lifestyle. Motivational Interviewing (Mo-Int) can be used to further support this role. However, few nurses are sufficiently proficient in applying Mo-Int skills. Increasing these complex communication skills may contribute significantly to achieve lifestyle changes in CAD patients. AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the coaching of nurses to skilfully use Mo-Int in a secondary prevention programme for CAD patients...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Viveka Dagner, Eva K Clausson, Liselotte Jakobsson
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is important to reduce mortality, morbidity and risk factors in patients with coronary heart disease. This report evaluates to what extent patients are still physically active following an exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programme 12-14 months post-myocardial infarction and factors predicting why not. METHODS: Data from the National Quality Registry Swedeheart with post-myocardial infarction patients ( n=368) admitted from July 2012 to November 2014 were collected with outcomes of physical activity after 12-14 months...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Pernille F Cromhout, Philip Moons, Lau C Thygesen, Samer Nashef, Sune Damgaard, Selina Kikkenborg Berg
Risk assessment in cardiac surgery traditionally consists of medical and physiological parameters. However, non-physiological factors have also been found to be predictive of poor outcomes following cardiac surgery. Therefore, the isolated focus on physiological parameters is questionable. This paper describes the emotional, behavioural, social and functional factors that have been established to play a role in outcomes following cardiac surgery. This forms a basis for future research, testing the value of these factors above and beyond the physiological parameters...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Janett A Hildebrand, John Billimek, Ellen F Olshansky, Dara H Sorkin, Jung-Ah Lee, Lorraine S Evangelista
BACKGROUND: Latinos constitute 17% of the US population and are one of the largest ethnic groups; however, only 7.6% participate in research studies. There is a disproportionately high number of Latinos living with type 2 diabetes mellitus and are at increased risk for cardiovascular events. Research to elicit facilitators and barriers for participation in research and effective recruitment strategies is limited. AIMS: This article reports the qualitative findings of a mixed-methods study examining perceived facilitators and barriers for research participation, and explores decision-making processes and ascertains ethnic values that influenced their decisions among Spanish-speaking Latinos with type 2 diabetes mellitus...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Gianfranco Sanson, Massimiliano Sartori, Lorella Dreas, Roberta Ciraolo, Adam Fabiani
BACKGROUND: Extubation failure (ExtF) is associated with prolonged hospital length of stay and mortality in adult cardiac surgery patients postoperatively. In this population, ExtF-related variables such as the arterial partial pressure of oxygen to fraction of inspired oxygen ratio (PaO2 /FiO2 ), rapid shallow breathing index, cough strength, endotracheal secretions and neurological function have been sparsely researched. AIM: To identify variables that are predictive of ExtF and related outcomes...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Artur Dalfó-Pibernat, Antoni Dalfó Baqué, Francisco Javier Pelegrina Rodríguez, Olatz Garin, Xavier Duran, Mercè Cladellas Capdevila, Josep Comin Colet
INTRODUCTION: Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is fundamental to diagnosing and monitoring arterial hypertension (HTN), yet it is not known how effective training could be in improving knowledge of ABPM. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate ABPM knowledge before and after a training activity. METHODOLOGY: A before-and-after intervention study of 116 professionals. Data was collected on age, sex, occupational category, work setting, and work experience...
June 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Beena P Parappilly, Thalia S Field, William B Mortenson, Brodie M Sakakibara, Janice J Eng
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Among members of the health care team, nurses play a large role in actively engaging stroke survivors in secondary stroke prevention programs. This systematic review and meta-analysis examines the effectiveness of interventions in which nurses have a primary role on modification of risk factors among stroke survivors. METHODS: We systematically searched for randomized controlled trials in relevant databases investigating the role of nurses in secondary stroke prevention...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Megan Streur, Sarah J Ratcliffe, David Callans, M Benjamin Shoemaker, Barbara Riegel
BACKGROUND: Symptom clusters among adults with atrial fibrillation have previously been identified but no study has examined the relationship between symptom clusters and outcomes. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to identify atrial fibrillation-specific symptom clusters, characterize individuals with each cluster, and determine whether symptom cluster membership is associated with healthcare utilization. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional secondary data analysis of 1501 adults from the Vanderbilt Atrial Fibrillation Registry with verified atrial fibrillation...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Lihua Wu, Jackie Cleator, Mamas Mamas, Christi Deaton
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is a common co-morbidity for patients with heart failure. Diabetes as a co-morbidity means that inpatient care should focus on both conditions to maximize the treatment regimen. However, this pressing issue is not widely researched and so it is unclear whether the acute care management needs of these patients are being met. AIMS: (1) To assess the differences in the number of hospital readmissions between patients with heart failure and patients with heart failure-diabetes; (2) to assess the use of integrated care approach for patients with heart failure-diabetes during the index heart failure-related admission; (3) to explore patient experiences of admissions...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Hsiu-Chin Teng, Mei-Ling Yeh, Mei-Hua Wang
BACKGROUND: Patients with heart failure experience not only impaired physical condition, but also their physical activity, moods, and quality of life may be diminished. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 12-week walking with breathing program on physical activity tolerance considering time-dependent physiological factors and time-independent interoceptive awareness, as well as psychosocial factors. METHODS: This randomized controlled trial recruited 90 heart failure patients and randomly assigned them...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Jacqueline Forman, Jennifer Baumbusch, Heather Jackson, Jen Lindenberg, Alyssa Shook, Jamil Bashir
BACKGROUND: The implantable cardioverter defibrillator provides effective treatment for the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest but significant risks associated with transvenous implantation persist. The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator has proven to be an alternative and innovative treatment option for select patients to mitigate these risks. Obtaining the patients' perspectives can provide clinicians with essential information to guide implant selection, procedural decision-making, and support patient management...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Rik Stoevelaar, Arianne Brinkman-Stoppelenburg, Rohit E Bhagwandien, Rozemarijn L van Bruchem-Visser, Dominic Amj Theuns, Agnes van der Heide, Judith Ac Rietjens
BACKGROUND: Although the implantable cardioverter defibrillator is successful in terminating life threatening arrhythmias, it might give unwanted shocks in the last phase of life if not deactivated in a timely manner. AIMS: This integrated review aimed to provide an overview of studies reporting on implantable cardioverter defibrillator shock incidence and impact in the last phase of life. METHODS AND RESULTS: We systematically searched five electronic databases...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Fernanda A Nishi, Catarina Polak, Diná de Almeida Lopes Monteiro da Cruz
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the Manchester Triage System is to clinically prioritize each patient seeking care in an emergency department. Patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction who have typical symptoms including chest pain should be classified in the highest priority groups, requiring immediate medical assistance or care within 10 min. As such, the Manchester Triage System should present adequate sensitivity and specificity. AIMS: This study estimated the sensitivity and specificity of the Manchester Triage System in the triage of patients with chest pain related to the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, and the associations between the performance of the Manchester Triage System and selected variables...
May 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
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