Title

Long-term chest wall discomfort in women after coronary artery surgery

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0147-9563(98)90006-1

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to determine the occurrence of long-term chest wall discomfort in women after coronary artery bypass grafting.

DESIGN: Prospective repeated-measures design.

SETTING: Posthospitalization.

SAMPLE: Fifty-one women who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting. Data were collected at 12 and 18 months by self-report and data collection instruments.

INSTRUMENTS: Life Orientation Test, Satisfaction with Life Scale, Profile of Mood States, Sickness Impact Profile, interview schedule, and discomfort scale 0 to 10.

RESULTS: Women who had an internal mammary artery graft had significantly (p = 0.003) more discomfort. Most discomforts were intermittent and did not interfere with daily activities. However, the feelings of numbness and itchiness tended to be continuous.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

"Heart & Lung, v. 27, issue 3, p.184-188."

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