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Patients (n = 194) with confirmed acute myocardial infarction (AMI) were interviewed to determine sociodemographic, clinical, social, behavioral, cognitive and emotional factors that contribute to delay in seeking treatment for their symptoms. Initial symptom experience was similar for men and women: both were most commonly at home when symptoms began; both(More)
INTRODUCTION Significant physical sequelae exist for some survivors of a critical illness. There are, however, few studies that have examined specific interventions to improve their recovery, and none have tested a home-based physical rehabilitation program incorporating trainer visits to participants' homes. This study was designed to test the effect of an(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to compare North American and Australian patients' sociodemographic, clinical, cognitive, emotional, and social factors associated with behavior in seeking treatment for symptoms of acute myocardial infarction. PATIENTS Subjects included 277 North Americans (mean age, 58 +/- 12 years; 72% men) and 147 Australians (mean(More)
OBJECTIVES We tested the hypothesis that perception of control moderates any relationship between anxiety and in-hospital complications (i.e., recurrent ischemia, reinfarction, sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation, and cardiac death) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). BACKGROUND Anxiety is common among patients with AMI, but(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine delay in seeking treatment among patients with an evolving acute myocardial infarction (MI), and to identify factors which contributed to this delay. DESIGN Patient interview combined with medical record review. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING 317 patients with confirmed diagnosis of acute MI interviewed within 72 hours of admission to(More)
TITLE Anxiety, depression and perceived control in patients having coronary artery bypass grafts. AIM This paper is a report of a study to determine (1) the course of anxiety, depression and perceptions of control, and (2) the influence of perceptions of control, in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafts before surgery, after surgery in(More)
The time that elapses from the onset of symptoms of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) to treatment has a significant effect on mortality and morbidity. This study reports the effectiveness of an education and counselling intervention on knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about AMI symptoms and the appropriate response to symptoms. The intervention was tested(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this review was to examine the evidence of cardiovascular risk in early bereavement to identify potential risk factors and possible mechanisms for risk that may inform future research directions. DESIGN A comprehensive search of electronic databases PubMed Medline, CINAHL and PsycINFO, bereavement related textbooks and reviewed(More)
BACKGROUND The Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) is widely used as an outcome measure in exercise rehabilitation. However, the repeatability of the 6MWT performed at home in survivors of a critical illness has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate, in survivors of a critical illness: (1) the repeatability of the 6MWT performed(More)
PURPOSE To compare delay and circumstances of decisions to seek care in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the United States (US), England, Australia, South Korea, and Japan. DESIGN Comparative prospective design. METHODS Patients diagnosed with AMI (N = 913) were interviewed within 72 hours of hospital admission for confirmed AMI using(More)