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BACKGROUND Patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) describe anxiety, fears, and other psychosocial issues, although sexual concerns are not well understood. PURPOSE The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore the experiences of patients and partners with return to sexual activity post-ICD implantation. PARTICIPANTS(More)
After a cardiovascular event, patients and their families often cope with numerous changes in their lives, including dealing with consequences of the disease or its treatment on their daily lives and functioning. Coping poorly with both physical and psychological challenges may lead to impaired quality of life. Sexuality is one aspect of quality of life(More)
Malignant hyperthermia (MH) usually is triggered during or after administration of commonly used general anesthetics, and it can result in death if left untreated. The only definitive diagnostic test for MH is the caffeine halothane contracture test. A new molecular genetic diagnostic blood test may offer a less-invasive alternative for some patients.(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac patients may experience problems with sexual activity as a result of their disease, medications or anxiety and nurses play an important role in sexual counselling. We studied the practice, responsibility and confidence of cardiac nurses in the sexual counselling of these patients. METHOD An adapted version of the nurses' survey of(More)
Sexual counseling needs of myocardial infarction (MI) patients are frequently overlooked by nurses. This study sought to determine to what extent sexual counseling of MI patients was addressed in the acute care setting. The survey of 96 patients showed that sexual counseling was largely not addressed for this group of patients and that specific information(More)
It is increasingly realized that discussing sexuality is an important issue in the holistic care for cardiac patients. In this review article, the conditions of a good assessment of sexual problems are identified such as creating an appropriate environment, ensuring confidentiality, and using appropriate language. Second, we present different styles and(More)
BACKGROUND Anxiety is common after myocardial infarction (MI); however, little is known about the role of sexual satisfaction and return to sexual activity on anxiety post-MI. AIM To examine the role of sexual satisfaction in reducing anxiety post-MI. METHODS Patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) recruited from one U.S. medical center completed(More)
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection of the skin, deep subcutaneous tissue, and fascia. Early symptoms may be misdiagnosed as cellulitis. A hallmark symptom that distinguishes NF from cellulitis is severe local pain that is out of proportion to the size and type of the wound present. Early diagnosis and treatment(More)
Patients with heart failure (HF) often have concerns about sexual activity while living with HF. Little is known about factors that contribute to sexual activity and sexual dysfunction in HF. This study examined selected risk factors and demographic variables as predictors of sexual activity in HF patients. The sample (N = 97) was mostly male and white and(More)