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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158535
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Sex Life After a Heart Attack in Middle Aged Taiwanese Women
Abstract:
Sex Life After a Heart Attack in Middle Aged Taiwanese Women
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2007
Author:Laio, Line Yu
P.I. Institution Name:Chang Jung Christian University
Contact Address:Nursing, 13F No.365 Dafong 2nd Road, Shan-Min District, Kaohsiung, 00807, Taiwan
Co-Authors:L.W. Suen, Nursing, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan, TAIWAN
The prevalence of heart disease in Taiwanese women has been increasing, with heart disease as the fifth leading cause of death (9.7% of total deaths) in 2005. After a heart attack, patients may hesitate to resume their sex lives. Since middle aged Taiwanese women grew up in a culture in which females traditionally play a passive role, many are embarrassed to ask questions about sexual activity, even when those questions are health-related. Thus, the care of heart attack clients needs to include sex education. The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the sex life and adjustment of Taiwanese women after heart attacks. The investigator is recruiting participants from a regional heart clinic in southern Taiwan. Potential participants are patients discharged from the hospital at least 6 months after a heart attack. Semi-structured, open-ended questions are being used to conduct in-depth interviews in the participants' homes. In addition to tape recording, the investigator is taking notes on the participants' non-verbal behaviors. Two interviews have been conducted at this time, each of which has lasted 60 to 90 minutes. Four major themes have emerged from the content analysis. The first theme "scrutiny of life": The loss of a healthy heart forces patients and their spouses to review their life and relationship. The second theme "tension in sexual role": feelings of loss and guilt because of inability to fulfill ideal sexual roles. The third theme is "restructure intimate relationship": Fear of further damage to the heart or another heart attack due to sexual intercourse. Sexual activity has changed in terms of frequency, position, and foreplay. The last theme is "sense of aging": since the heart is most important organ of the body, heart disease may be interpreted as a sign of aging. This study found that heart disease, cultural roles, and societal values all impact sexual activity. With these results, health care providers will be better able to help middle age women enjoy their sex lives after a heart attack.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSex Life After a Heart Attack in Middle Aged Taiwanese Womenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158535-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Sex Life After a Heart Attack in Middle Aged Taiwanese Women</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Laio, Line Yu</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Chang Jung Christian University</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Nursing, 13F No.365 Dafong 2nd Road, Shan-Min District, Kaohsiung, 00807, Taiwan</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">linyu716@yahoo.com.tw</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">L.W. Suen, Nursing, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan, TAIWAN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The prevalence of heart disease in Taiwanese women has been increasing, with heart disease as the fifth leading cause of death (9.7% of total deaths) in 2005. After a heart attack, patients may hesitate to resume their sex lives. Since middle aged Taiwanese women grew up in a culture in which females traditionally play a passive role, many are embarrassed to ask questions about sexual activity, even when those questions are health-related. Thus, the care of heart attack clients needs to include sex education. The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the sex life and adjustment of Taiwanese women after heart attacks. The investigator is recruiting participants from a regional heart clinic in southern Taiwan. Potential participants are patients discharged from the hospital at least 6 months after a heart attack. Semi-structured, open-ended questions are being used to conduct in-depth interviews in the participants' homes. In addition to tape recording, the investigator is taking notes on the participants' non-verbal behaviors. Two interviews have been conducted at this time, each of which has lasted 60 to 90 minutes. Four major themes have emerged from the content analysis. The first theme &quot;scrutiny of life&quot;: The loss of a healthy heart forces patients and their spouses to review their life and relationship. The second theme &quot;tension in sexual role&quot;: feelings of loss and guilt because of inability to fulfill ideal sexual roles. The third theme is &quot;restructure intimate relationship&quot;: Fear of further damage to the heart or another heart attack due to sexual intercourse. Sexual activity has changed in terms of frequency, position, and foreplay. The last theme is &quot;sense of aging&quot;: since the heart is most important organ of the body, heart disease may be interpreted as a sign of aging. This study found that heart disease, cultural roles, and societal values all impact sexual activity. With these results, health care providers will be better able to help middle age women enjoy their sex lives after a heart attack.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:09:10Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:09:10Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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