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      Emotional Responses of Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction to Their Disease

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          Abstract

          50 consecutive US survivors of acute myocardial infarction, when questioned about their recent stay in the Coronary Case Unit and their current health status, denied being fearful or worried about their disease. This attitude did not differ with sex, race, educational level, marital status, or work status. However, younger patients were more likely to deny fear and feelings of invalidism and dependence than older patients. Differences were noted between the US patient responses and responses of Venezuelan patients to the same questionnaire. US patients generally wanted to learn more about their coronary disease, and Venezuelan patients did not. The difference in these responses may represent two different means of coping with fear of illness and, consequently, two different behavior patterns; or may reflect sociocultural differences in expectations of the pattern of medical care.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1982
          1982
          07 November 2008
          : 69
          : 5
          : 303-309
          Affiliations
          a, bDepartment of Medicine (Cardiology), Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.; aEscuela de Medicina Luis Razetti, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela; bCardiac Clinics, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Ga., USA
          Article
          173520 Cardiology 1982;69:303–309
          10.1159/000173520
          7172175
          043c307d-7090-448b-949d-b519c986732f
          © 1982 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          History
          : 12 February 1982
          : 15 July 1982
          Page count
          Pages: 7
          Categories
          Exercise Testing and Rehabilitation

          General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
          Socio-cultural differences,Acute myocardial infarction,Different behaviour patterns,Emotional disturbances

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