Quality of life in women with heart failure

Susan Pressler, Susan L. Baker, Gertrude A. Huster

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Abstract

Persons with heart failure (HF) experience impaired quality of life (QOL). However, the majority of research conducted on QOL in persons with HF has been with men. The purpose of this descriptive pilot study was to describe the impact of symptoms of HF and examine the relationships among symptom impact, perceived health status, perceived social support, and overall QOL in 30 women who had recently been hospitalized for HF. The women reported high physical symptom impact, poor perceived physical health status, and impaired QOL. Physical symptom impact, perceived physical health status, and QOL were moderately to highly correlated with one another. Perceived social support was significantly, though not strongly, correlated with physical symptom impact. Emotional symptom impact and mental health status were significantly and negatively correlated with each other but were not significantly correlated with QOL. In this group of 30 chronically ill women, QOL was lower in those women who reported greater physical symptom impact and poorer perceptions of their physical health status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-229
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume19
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1998

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Heart Failure
Quality of Life
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Pressler, S., Baker, S. L., & Huster, G. A. (1998). Quality of life in women with heart failure. Health Care for Women International, 19(3), 217-229.

Quality of life in women with heart failure. / Pressler, Susan; Baker, Susan L.; Huster, Gertrude A.

In: Health Care for Women International, Vol. 19, No. 3, 05.1998, p. 217-229.

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Pressler, S, Baker, SL & Huster, GA 1998, 'Quality of life in women with heart failure', Health Care for Women International, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 217-229.
Pressler, Susan ; Baker, Susan L. ; Huster, Gertrude A. / Quality of life in women with heart failure. In: Health Care for Women International. 1998 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 217-229.
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