The lived experiences of patients post coronary angioplasty: a qualitative study

Society For Peripheral Vascular Nursing
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Journal of vascular nursing, 2014, 32 (4), pp. 144 - 149
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Few qualitative studies have focused on the experiences of patients post angioplasty. A deep understanding of patient experiences of care and the way a treatment can affect their everyday life is particularly important in chronic disease management. The aim of this study is to explore experiences that patients undergo after angioplasty. Using a phenomenological study design, 15 patients participated in an individual face-to-face semi-structured interview. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The following core themes emerged from the analysis, which reflect the experiences of patients post angioplasty: a) angioplasty: a milestone in the patients life; b) living with a mended heart; and c) psychological distress as an integral part of the patients life. Participants after angioplasty went through both positive and negative changes in their life. Understanding of these experiences are essential to modify the high risk behaviours while also support the patients through their rehabilitation.
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