Patient Readiness to Exercise After Cardiac Surgery: Development of the Readiness to Change Exercise Questionnaire
Conclusions: The scale was found to be a valid and reliable instrument for the determination of patient readiness to exercise after cardiac surgery. However, further testing of the scale is needed to confirm its concurrent and predictive validity. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Inventory: A New Method of Tailoring Patient Support
Background: Uptake and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) are low, and a contributing factor to this may be the practical difficulties of providing a tailored CR environment suited to individual preferences and needs. Objective: The aim of this study was to develop and test a short questionnaire that CR practitioners can use to understand individual patient need and tailor support accordingly. Methods: A conceptual framework of engagement in CR was derived from a comprehensive literature review and the content analysis of semistructured interviews with 15 CR patients. The conceptual framework was used to construct ...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Commentary on “Effect of Feedback Signal on Blood Pressure Self-regulation Capability in Individuals With Prehypertension or Stage I Hypertension: A Randomized Controlled Study”
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Effect of Feedback Signal on Blood Pressure Self-regulation Capability in Individuals With Prehypertension or Stage I Hypertension: A Randomized Controlled Study
Conclusions: The equivalent magnitude of BP reduction between the 2 study groups suggests that repeated practice in BP self-regulation was more likely responsible for the efficacy of direct BP biofeedback training than was the type of feedback signals. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Assessing Publics’ Knowledge About Hypertension in a Community-Dwelling Sample
Conclusions: Although the total level of knowledge about hypertension is good among the participants, more efforts are needed to improve all dimensions of hypertension-related knowledge. Sociodemographic and clinical variables have significant relationships with levels of knowledge about hypertension. This necessitates the importance of considering these variables when designing and providing health educational programs. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Getting to Normal: Women’s Experiences Self-Managing Their Perceived Blood Pressure Changes
Background: In the United States, nearly 25% of all women older than 20 years have hypertension (HTN). Nearly 30% to 50% of persons with HTN experience symptoms attributed to high blood pressure (BP). Women with hypertensive symptoms may connect their symptoms to perceived BP changes and may be using their perceptions about BP changes to guide their HTN self-management. There is limited research about perceived BP changes or their use in self-management. Objective: The purpose of this qualitative study is to describe the experiences of women with HTN self-managing their perceived BP changes. Methods: van Manen’s ph...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Gender and Age Differences Associated With Prehospital Delay in Chinese Patients Presenting With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
Background and Objectives: A limited number of studies have examined the interaction between gender and age with regard to extent of prehospital delay. Our aim was to examine gender and age differences associated with prehospital delay in Chinese patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods: A total of consecutive 1429 records from patients presenting with STEMI were analyzed between June 1, 2009, and June 1, 2010. We compared hospital care data by gender and age for inpatients with acute STEMI presenting within 24 hours of symptom onset. Results: The overall median duration of prehospital...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Value of Patient Perception of Heart Failure Symptoms: Commentary on Physical and Psychological Symptom Biomechanics in Moderate to Advanced Heart Failure
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Development and Validation of a Heart Failure–Specific Health Literacy Scale
Conclusions: Our new HL scale was demonstrated to be a reliable, valid instrument for measuring functional, communicative, and critical HL in patients with HF. Exploring a patient’s HL level, including the ability to access, understand, and use health information as well as the ability to read and write, may provide better understanding of patients’ potential barriers to self-care. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Health Literacy and Heart Failure: A Systematic Review
Conclusions: An average of 39% of HF patients have low health literacy. Age, race/ethnicity, years of education, and cognitive function are predictors of health literacy. In addition, adequate health literacy is consistently correlated with higher HF knowledge and higher salt knowledge. Clinical Implications: Considering the prevalence of low health literacy among in the HF population, nurses and healthcare professionals need to recognize the consequences of low health literacy and adopt strategies that could minimize its detrimental effect on the patient’s health outcomes. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Predicting Heart Failure Readmissions
Conclusions: Targeting those with high-risk comorbidities is important in designing measures to prevent or delay readmission of HF patients. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Foundations of Pharmacotherapy for Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction: Evidence Meets Practice, Part I
Pharmacologic treatment for systolic heart failure, otherwise known as heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, has been established through clinical trials and is formulated into guidelines to standardize the diagnosis and treatment. The premise of pharmacologic therapy in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction is aimed primarily at interrupting the neurohormonal cascade that is responsible for altering left ventricular shape and function. This is the first in a series of articles to describe the pharmacologic agents in the guidelines that impact the morbidity and mortality associated with heart failure. Angiot...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Pharmacology: Evidence Meets Practice Source Type: research

How Low Can You Go?: Implications of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial for Hypertension Management
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Progress in Prevention Source Type: research

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association News
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - February 24, 2016 Category: Nursing Tags: PCNA News Source Type: research

Commentary: “Impact of Prodromal Symptoms in Future Adverse Cardiac-Related Events: A Systematic Review”
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Impact of Prodromal Symptoms on Future Adverse Cardiac-Related Events: A Systematic Review
Conclusion: Future research is warranted that would examine prospectively the predictive value of prodromal headache, sleep disturbance, and anxiety within this cardiovascular population on major adverse cardiac events. Preemptive screening for cardiac-related prodromal symptoms in men and women should be considered as a standard in clinical practice. This may potentiate early diagnosis, effective risk modification, timely pain management, and treatment intervention and decrease CHD-related morbidity and mortality. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

The Impact of Nurse-Led Clinics on the Mortality and Morbidity of Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Background: Nurse-led clinics (NLCs) have been developed in several health specialties in recent years. The aim of this analysis is to summarize and appraise the available evidence about the effectiveness of NLCs on the morbidity and mortality outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Methods: We searched Cochrane databases, MEDLINE, Web of Science, PubMed, EMBASE, Google Scholar, BIOSIS, and bibliography of secondary sources from inception through February 20, 2013. Studies were selected and data were extracted independently by 2 investigators. Eligible studies were randomized trials of NLCs of patients wi...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Women With Heart Failure Are Disproportionately Studied as Compared With Prevalence: A Review of Published Studies from 2013
Conclusions: Current data from studies published in 2013 support that women continue to be underrepresented in HF studies. Further research may provide insights to better understand the experiences, needs, and outcomes of women with HF. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Effects of Massage on Blood Pressure in Patients With Hypertension and Prehypertension: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Conclusion: This systematic review found a medium effect of massage on SBP and a small effect on DBP in patients with hypertension or prehypertension. High-quality randomized controlled trials are urgently required to confirm these results, although the findings of this study can be used to guide future research. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Retrospective Study on National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale as a Predictor of Patient Recovery After Stroke
Conclusions: In our community hospital setting, the NIHSS score was found to be a strong predictor of patient recovery after stroke. The NIHSS score at baseline may be important for clinicians to consider before patient management decisions and counseling. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Evidence-Based Heart Failure Medications and Cognition
Conclusion: Prescription of evidence-based HF medications is not related to low scores on a measure of global cognitive function in rural patients with HF. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Sexual Counseling in Patients With Heart Failure: A Silent Phenomenon: Results From a Convergent Parallel Mixed Method Study
Conclusion: Cardiac nurses in Germany rarely practice sexual counseling. It is a phenomenon that is silent. Education and skill-based training might hold potential to “break the silence.” (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Evaluation of Feasibility of 2 Novel Heart Failure Monitoring Instruments to Facilitate Patient Recognition of Symptoms
Conclusions: New strategies and instruments are needed to promote a patient-clinician partnership and actively engage patients in symptom monitoring and recognition. Easy-to-use and practical instruments for patients to monitor symptoms may lead to appropriate and accurate reporting as well as improved symptom management. Although the instruments used in this study resulted in symptom monitoring, appropriate action was not undertaken as a result of such monitoring. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Reduced Gray Matter Volume Is Associated With Poorer Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Performance in Heart Failure
Conclusions: Smaller gray matter volume is associated with greater impairment in instrumental activities of daily living in persons with heart failure, possibly via cognitive dysfunction. Prospective studies are needed to clarify the utility of clinical correlates of gray matter volume (eg, cognitive dysfunction) in identifying heart failure patients at risk for functional decline and determine whether interventions that target improved brain and cognitive function can preserve functional independence in this high-risk population. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Self-care and Its Predictors in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure in Western Iran
Conclusion: Self-care in patients with CHF in Iran needs major improvement, and many determinants of self-care identified by other studies were not consistently associated with poor self-care scores in Iran. Further research considering a wide range of factors associated with self-care (eg, socioeconomic and health system–related factors) and application of culturally relevant interventional strategies is recommended. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Measurement of Dyspnea in Ambulatory African Americans With Heart Failure and a Preserved or Reduced Ejection Fraction
Conclusions: The prevalence of dyspnea at baseline and after the 6MWT was high for both groups, but intensity varied with the dyspnea instrument used. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

PCNA 21st Annual Symposium: Poster Abstracts
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: PCNA Annual Symposium Abstracts Source Type: research

Implementation of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines: Who, What, Why, Where, and When
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Progress in Prevention Source Type: research

PCNA News
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - December 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: PCNA News Source Type: research

Pain and Anxiety in Rural Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients Awaiting Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
Conclusions: Whereas cardiac pain declines in most patients in the early hours after admission, many patients experience a persistent anxious state up to 8 hours later, which suggest that development and testing of protocols for anxiety reduction may be needed. More urgently, the development and examination of a treatment intervention, early on in the ACS trajectory, are warranted that targets pain and anxiety for those for whom immediate angioplasty is not possible and who continue to experience cardiac pain and persistent high levels of anxiety. Moreover, a larger prognostic study is required to determine whether high le...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Spirituality and Negative Emotions in Individuals With Coronary Heart Disease
In this study, we examined the associations between 7 dimensions of spirituality (ie, meaningfulness, trust, acceptance, caring for others, connectedness with nature, transcendent experiences, and spiritual activities) and negative emotions among individuals with CHD in Indonesia, controlling for perceived social support as well as demographic and clinical characteristics. In total, 293 individuals with CHD were recruited from the 3 largest hospitals in Bandung, Indonesia. They completed the Spiritual Attitude and Involvement List, the Beck Depression Inventory-II, the Trait Anxiety Scale of the State Trait Anxiety Invento...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Impact of Body Mass Index on the Link Between Depressive Symptoms and Health Outcome in Patients With Heart Failure
Background: Depressive symptoms are predictors of shorter cardiac event-free survival, whereas increased body mass index (BMI) is associated with longer cardiac event-free survival in patients with heart failure (HF). However, the impact of BMI on the link between depressive symptoms and cardiac event-free survival is unexplored. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the relationship between depressive symptoms and cardiac event-free survival differs among HF patients stratified by BMI tertiles. Methods: A total of 297 outpatients with HF completed the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 to assess depressive sympto...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Tripartite Model for Assessing Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety: Psychometric Properties of the Chinese Version of the Mood and Anxiety Symptoms Questionnaire in Patients With Essential Hypertension
Conclusions: This study supported the reliability and validity of the MASQ-SF-C, indicating that it can be used for assessing depressive symptoms and anxiety concurrently in Chinese-speaking patients with hypertension. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Gender-Specific Physical Symptom Biology in Heart Failure
Conclusion: Decreased ventricular compliance may result in worse physical HF symptoms for women and dilation of the ventricle may be a greater progenitor of symptoms for men with HF. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A Case Study of Infant Physiologic Response to Skin-to-Skin Contact After Surgery for Complex Congenital Heart Disease
Conclusion: This case study provides beginning evidence that SSC is safe in full-term infants after surgery for complex congenital heart disease. Further research with a larger sample is needed to examine the effects of SSC on infant physiology before surgery and earlier in the postoperative time period as well as on additional outcomes such as length of stay, maternal-infant interaction, and neurodevelopment. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Making Behavior Change Interventions Available to Young African American Women: Development and Feasibility of an eHealth Lifestyle Program
Conclusion: This study outlines a step-by-step process for transforming face-to-face content into a Web-based platform, which, importantly, can serve as a template for promoting other health behaviors. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Effect of Head of Bed Elevation on Patient Comfort After Angiography
Conclusions: Of all the nursing interventions designed to improve patient comfort after angiography, slightly raising the HOB was not a factor in reducing pain/discomfort. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Facilitators of and Barriers to Adherence to Hypertension Treatment Scale
Discussion: The FATS is a culturally sensitive measure for assessing adherence to treatment regimens of HBP in AA women. Further study in other samples of AA women is needed to confirm that the FATS adequately assesses facilitators of adherence to regimens for HBP in AA women. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Participation in Heart-Healthy Behaviors: A Secondary Analysis of the American Heart Association Go Red Heart Match Data
Conclusions: Most women who participated in Heart Match reported engaging in new heart-healthy behaviors. The findings support expanding the existing program in a more diverse population as a potentially important way to reach women and encourage cardiovascular disease risk reduction for those with heart disease and stroke. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Patients’ Adherence to Healthy Behavior in Coronary Heart Disease: Risk Factor Management Among Jordanian Patients
Background: Poor adherence to risk factor management behaviors for coronary heart disease (CHD) patients increases the risk for a further cardiac event. There is a scarcity of literature about the level of adherence to risk factor management behaviors after CHD diagnosis in Jordan. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore which demographic, psychosocial, and clinical factors predict better adherence to risk factor management behaviors, particularly smoking cessation, physical activity, healthy diet, and medication adherence. In addition, we sought to explore the association of poor adherence to hospital readmission....
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Optimizing Cardiovascular Health Across the Life Course
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: DEPARTMENTS: Progress in Prevention Source Type: research

PCNA News
No abstract available (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - October 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: PCNA News Source Type: research

Cognitive Function in Heart Failure Is Associated With Nonsomatic Symptoms of Depression But Not Somatic Symptoms
Background: Patients with heart failure (HF) have high rates of cognitive impairment and depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms have been associated with greater cognitive impairments in HF; however, it is not known whether particular clusters of depressive symptoms are more detrimental to cognition than others. Objective: The aim of this study was to identify whether somatic and/or nonsomatic depressive symptom clusters were associated with cognitive function in persons with HF. Methods: Participants were 326 HF patients (40.5% women, 26.7% non-white race-ethnicity, aged 68.6 ± 9.7 years). Depressive symptoms wer...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 14, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

The Process of Care-seeking for Myocardial Infarction Among Patients With Diabetes
Conclusions: Patients with diabetes engaged in a complex care-seeking process, including several delaying barriers, when they experienced symptoms of an MI. Education for patients with diabetes should include discussions about their increased risk of MI, the range of individual variation in symptoms and onset of MI, and the best course of action when possible symptoms of MI occur. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 14, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles: Online Only Source Type: research

Greek Acute Coronary Syndrome Score for the Prediction of In-hospital and 30-Day Mortality of Patients With an Acute Coronary Syndrome
Background and Objectives: Risk evaluation of patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) may contribute to their short-term prognosis improvement. The aim of this work was to develop a prediction index (score) for the risk assessment of 30-day death of ACS patients, using clinical and biological measurements at hospital admission. Methods: A sample of 6 Greek hospitals was selected, and almost all consecutive 2172 ACS patients from October 2003 to September 2004 were enrolled. Sociodemographic, biochemical, clinical, and lifestyle characteristics were recorded. Using as components age, systolic blood pressure...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 14, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Awareness of Cardiovascular Disease and Preventive Behaviors Among Overweight Immigrant Latinas
Background and Objectives: Low-income Latina women face increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) due to high rates of obesity, diabetes, and other comorbidities. Language barriers, lack of health insurance, and lack of access to preventive health messages may further increase their risk. The purpose of this study was to evaluate knowledge about CVD of overweight, immigrant Latinas who spoke little or no English and participated in an educational intervention. Methods: Ninety participants completed a CVD knowledge questionnaire before and after 8 educational sessions based upon Su Corazón, Su Vida. The curricu...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 14, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Prevalence of Clinical and Electrocardiographic Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Death Among On-duty Professional Firefighters
Conclusions: Among on-duty professional firefighters, high-risk ECG markers of fatal cardiac events and abnormal stress test results that warrant further evaluation are prevalent. Annual physical checkups with routine 12-lead ECG can identify those who might benefit from preventive cardiovascular services. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 14, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Patient Understanding of Potential Risk and Benefit With Informed Consent in a Left Ventricular Assist Device Population: A Pilot Study
Conclusions: Some of the items had a high level of accuracy, whereas other items suffered from poor performance (including complications from implantation and long-term survival rates). In addition, verbal aptitude was associated with overall scores on the questionnaire, such that patients with a higher verbal aptitude scored better on the questionnaire. Clinical Implications: The results of this pilot study suggest that patients would benefit from an improved consent process to increase their knowledge of the device. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 14, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Assessing Health Literacy in Urban Patients With Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Functional health literacy (FHL) has become an increasingly prevalent topic of discussion in patient health and well-being. Although FHL has been studied in a variety of populations, it has not been investigated in patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The purpose of this study was to evaluate FHL in a primarily older, urban-dwelling ICD/pacemaker population. A secondary objective was to compare 2 commonly used instruments for assessing FHL. A convenience sample of 116 patients was recruited from an urban ICD/pacemaker clinic. Participants were asked to complete the Short Test of Func...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 14, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Clinical Effects and Implications of Cardiac Rehabilitation for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients: A Mixed-Methods Approach Embedding Data From the Copenhagen Outpatient ProgrammE–Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Randomized Clinical Trial With Qualitative Data
Conclusion: The program has a clinical effect and is perceived as beneficial through supportive coping. (Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing)
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - August 14, 2015 Category: Nursing Tags: Articles Source Type: research