Perceived threats of individuals recovering from myocardial infarction

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Lazarus' phenomenological theory of stress and coping provided the basis for this descriptive study of perceived threats after myocardial infarction (MI). Sixty-four post-MI subjects enrolled in phase II cardiac rehabilitation programs identified threats they had experienced in the past month. Perceived threats were defined as situations that were difficult or troubling to the individual and were described by respondents in narrative form. Degree of threat was then measured by one item on which subjects indicated the degree of concern the threatening event had caused them. Responses to the one item were analyzed and categorized into the following five areas: physical problems; medical therapy/self-care; work/physical activity; interpersonal/family; and financial. The results provide an overview of the multiple concerns individuals deal with after a major life-threatening cardiac event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-326
Number of pages5
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Volume21
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992

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Myocardial Infarction
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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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Perceived threats of individuals recovering from myocardial infarction. / Pressler, Susan.

In: Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Vol. 21, No. 4, 1992, p. 322-326.

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