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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160575
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Description of the Symptom Experiences of Women Diagnosed with Cardiac Disease
Abstract:
A Description of the Symptom Experiences of Women Diagnosed with Cardiac Disease
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Miller, Christine
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:School of Nursing, Cunningham Hall, Room 645, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI, 53201, USA
Contact Telephone:414.229.5071
The challenge for health care practitioners is to quickly recognize cardiac problems and to implement treatment and prevent complications. Many women present with symptoms that are less obvious for cardiac disease making diagnosis difficult. The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine symptoms and symptom interpretation from the perspective of both women with cardiac disease and advanced practice nurses (APNs). Taped interviews of a convenience sample of 21 women patients with cardiac diagnoses and 2 advanced practice nurses were completed. A content analysis was used to provide a description of symptoms and reflections from women and APNs. The sample was comprised of 9 Black women and 12 Caucasian women ranging in age from 40-81. The women presented with a variety of diagnoses and risk factors including: myocardial infarction, angina, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes and smoking. Analysis indicated that the women experienced a range of symptoms prior to the diagnosis of cardiac disease such as: chest pain, nausea and vomiting, edema, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dry cough, physical limitations and exhaustion. APNs indicated that atypical symptoms delayed diagnosis for some women. Several women indicated that they were surprised by their cardiac diagnosis or unaware of their risk. The data confirms the previous assertion that women may experience a variety of atypical symptoms warning of cardiac disease. This is not surprising given the variation in age, diagnoses and comorbidities of the sample. The lack of symptom consistency underscores the need for thorough assessment and screening of a broader range of symptoms in women at risk for cardiac problems. The data from APNs suggested that nurses have become more aware of cardiac disease potential in women but that they must continue to be vigilant in evaluation of atypical symptoms.
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.titleA Description of the Symptom Experiences of Women Diagnosed with Cardiac Diseaseen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160575-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Description of the Symptom Experiences of Women Diagnosed with Cardiac Disease</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">Miller, Christine</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, Cunningham Hall, Room 645, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI, 53201, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">414.229.5071</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">millerch@uwm.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The challenge for health care practitioners is to quickly recognize cardiac problems and to implement treatment and prevent complications. Many women present with symptoms that are less obvious for cardiac disease making diagnosis difficult. The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine symptoms and symptom interpretation from the perspective of both women with cardiac disease and advanced practice nurses (APNs). Taped interviews of a convenience sample of 21 women patients with cardiac diagnoses and 2 advanced practice nurses were completed. A content analysis was used to provide a description of symptoms and reflections from women and APNs. The sample was comprised of 9 Black women and 12 Caucasian women ranging in age from 40-81. The women presented with a variety of diagnoses and risk factors including: myocardial infarction, angina, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes and smoking. Analysis indicated that the women experienced a range of symptoms prior to the diagnosis of cardiac disease such as: chest pain, nausea and vomiting, edema, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dry cough, physical limitations and exhaustion. APNs indicated that atypical symptoms delayed diagnosis for some women. Several women indicated that they were surprised by their cardiac diagnosis or unaware of their risk. The data confirms the previous assertion that women may experience a variety of atypical symptoms warning of cardiac disease. This is not surprising given the variation in age, diagnoses and comorbidities of the sample. The lack of symptom consistency underscores the need for thorough assessment and screening of a broader range of symptoms in women at risk for cardiac problems. The data from APNs suggested that nurses have become more aware of cardiac disease potential in women but that they must continue to be vigilant in evaluation of atypical symptoms.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:04:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:04:31Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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