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Having an infarction: the meanings of the disease from the patient's perspective

Francisca Lígia de Medeiros Martins dos Santos Thelma Leite de Araújo About the authors

This study aimed to identify the meaning of Acute Myocardial Infarction for patients, on the basis of their experiences reports. Given the nature of the problem, this descriptive study used Symbolic Interactionism as a methodological reference framework. Data where obtained through semi-structured interviews with thirteen patients, diagnosed as Acute Myocardial Infarction, admitted at a coronary center of a specialized public hospital in Fortaleza-CE, Brazil. Data analysis enabled us to identify that "Having an Acute Myocardial Infarction according to the Patient's Perspective" was predominantly unexplained, generating negative and sudden feelings.

infarction; nursing

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