Do Older Adults Have the Same Experience with Acute Myocardial Infarction Symptoms as Younger Adults?

2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159703
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Do Older Adults Have the Same Experience with Acute Myocardial Infarction Symptoms as Younger Adults?
Abstract:
Do Older Adults Have the Same Experience with Acute Myocardial Infarction Symptoms as Younger Adults?
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Zerwic, Julie
P.I. Institution Name:University of Illinois at Chicago
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 845 South Damen Avenue, M/C 802, 744 NURS, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA
Contact Telephone:312.996.8431
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, with the risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) increasing with age. A few studies have suggested that elderly individuals experience different symptoms during compared to younger adults. The purpose of this study was to examine factors that contributed to health care seeking behaviors among a diverse group of men and women who were hospitalized within. Patients were interviewed shortly after admission for (n=220) about the symptoms they experienced, the process they used in treating the symptoms, and how they accessed the health care system. Eighty-six patients were in the older age group (65 and older) and 134 patients were in the younger age group (<65). The sample included 60% non-Hispanic Caucasians and 29% African Americans. Sixty percent were male and 40% were female. Although older patients were as likely as younger patients to experience discomfort somewhere in their chest (85% vs. 90%), they were significantly less likely to experience the discomfort in the center of their chest (64% vs. 77%, p< .05) which is considered the "classic" I location. Older patients were significantly less likely to experience discomfort in their left arm, and they were less likely to experience sweating, nausea, and dizziness. Older patients reported significantly fewer associated symptoms than younger patients (M=4.2 vs. 5.2 p < .001). Older patients did not differ from younger patients in their rating of the intensity of their discomfort. Older patients were less likely to report feeling fear during the experience than younger patients. These data indicate that older adults are less likely to experience what most health professionals consider are the classic symptoms. These differences may adversely affect elderly patients' abilities to identify symptoms and promptly access the health care system.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDo Older Adults Have the Same Experience with Acute Myocardial Infarction Symptoms as Younger Adults?en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159703-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Do Older Adults Have the Same Experience with Acute Myocardial Infarction Symptoms as Younger Adults?</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">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Zerwic, Julie</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Illinois at Chicago</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 845 South Damen Avenue, M/C 802, 744 NURS, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">312.996.8431</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">juljohns@uic.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, with the risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) increasing with age. A few studies have suggested that elderly individuals experience different symptoms during compared to younger adults. The purpose of this study was to examine factors that contributed to health care seeking behaviors among a diverse group of men and women who were hospitalized within. Patients were interviewed shortly after admission for (n=220) about the symptoms they experienced, the process they used in treating the symptoms, and how they accessed the health care system. Eighty-six patients were in the older age group (65 and older) and 134 patients were in the younger age group (&lt;65). The sample included 60% non-Hispanic Caucasians and 29% African Americans. Sixty percent were male and 40% were female. Although older patients were as likely as younger patients to experience discomfort somewhere in their chest (85% vs. 90%), they were significantly less likely to experience the discomfort in the center of their chest (64% vs. 77%, p&lt; .05) which is considered the &quot;classic&quot; I location. Older patients were significantly less likely to experience discomfort in their left arm, and they were less likely to experience sweating, nausea, and dizziness. Older patients reported significantly fewer associated symptoms than younger patients (M=4.2 vs. 5.2 p &lt; .001). Older patients did not differ from younger patients in their rating of the intensity of their discomfort. Older patients were less likely to report feeling fear during the experience than younger patients. These data indicate that older adults are less likely to experience what most health professionals consider are the classic symptoms. These differences may adversely affect elderly patients' abilities to identify symptoms and promptly access the health care system.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:15:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:15:24Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
All Items in this repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.