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European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

Daisy Ja Janssen, Josiane Boyne, David C Currow, Jos Mga Schols, Miriam J Johnson, H-P Brunner- La Rocca
BACKGROUND: The Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive Disease - Heart Failure (NAT:PD-HF) was developed to identify and triage palliative care needs in patients with chronic heart failure. A Dutch version is currently lacking. AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of a Dutch NAT:PD-HF in chronic heart failure outpatients; and to gain preliminary data regarding the effect of the NAT:PD-HF on palliative care referral, symptoms, health status, care dependency, caregiver burden and advance directives...
February 13, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Sonia Ruiz-Bustillo, Consol Ivern, Neus Badosa, Nuria Farre, Esther Marco, Jordi Bruguera, Mercè Cladellas, Cristina Enjuanes, Miguel Cainzos-Achirica, Julio Marti-Almor, Josep Comin-Colet
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Lack of achievement of secondary prevention objectives in patients with ischaemic heart disease remains an unmet need in this patient population. We aimed at evaluating the six-month efficacy of an intensive lipid-lowering intervention, coordinated by nurses and implemented after hospital discharge, in patients hospitalized for an ischaemic heart disease event. METHODS: Randomized controlled trial, in which a nurse-led intervention including periodic follow-up, serial lipid level controls, and subsequent optimization of lipid-lowering therapy, if appropriate, was compared with standard of care alone in terms of serum lipid-level control at six months after discharge...
February 13, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Sabina De Geest, Leah L Zullig, Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, Dyfrig Hughes, Ira B Wilson, Bernard Vrijens
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Chiao-Hsin Teng, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Yu-Chung Wei, Ron-Bin Hsu, Nai-Hsin Chi, Shoei-Shen Wang, Yih-Sharng Chen, Cheryl Chia-Hui Chen
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is linked with poor postoperative outcomes. AIMS: To evaluate the effects of sarcopenia on first-year functional changes after cardiac surgery. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, functional changes (physical activity levels in metabolic equivalent hours/week, 6-minute walking distance in metres, and grip strength in kg) from preoperative baseline to 1, 3, 6 and 12 months postoperatively were compared in adult patients with and without sarcopenia undergoing cardiac surgery at a tertiary medical centre...
February 7, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Lucie Rolantova, Alan Bulava, Martin Eisenberger, Ivana Chloubova, Valerie Tothova, Jiri Hanis
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation procedures have recently become a widely accepted method for treating cardiac arrhythmias, and referrals for these procedures have been steadily increasing. As a result, it is now common that sheath removal is handled as a nursing procedure. Regardless of who performs the sheath removal, it is important to extract ablation sheaths without any early or late complications. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this randomised study was to determine the safety of sheath extraction after heparin reversal with low-dose protamine sulfate in patients undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation and whether these sheaths can be safely removed by nurses...
February 6, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Dawon Baik, Meghan Reading, Haomiao Jia, Lisa V Grossman, Ruth Masterson Creber
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of heart failure markedly impair a patient's health status. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of health status in a sample of racially and ethnically diverse patients with heart failure using a web-based mobile health application, mi.Symptoms. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study at an urban academic medical center. Patients with heart failure self-reported symptoms using validated symptom instruments (e.g. patient-reported outcome measurement information system) by way of the mobile health application, mi...
January 25, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Kai Jin, Sahar Khonsari, Robyn Gallagher, Patrick Gallagher, Alexander M Clark, Ben Freedman, Tom Briffa, Adrian Bauman, Julie Redfern, Lis Neubeck
BACKGROUND: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major cause of death worldwide. Cardiac rehabilitation, an evidence-based CHD secondary prevention programme, remains underutilized. Telehealth may offer an innovative solution to overcome barriers to cardiac rehabilitation attendance. We aimed to determine whether contemporary telehealth interventions can provide effective secondary prevention as an alternative or adjunct care compared with cardiac rehabilitation and/or usual care for patients with CHD...
January 22, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Linda G Park, Kathleen Dracup, Mary A Whooley, Charles McCulloch, Sonia Lai, Jill Howie-Esquivel
BACKGROUND: The incidence of mortality five years after the onset of symptomatic heart failure is about 50%. Lifestyle behaviors differ substantially and likely lead to prognostic differences. AIMS: We sought to determine the factors associated with all-cause mortality in patients with heart failure, particularly the impact of a sedentary lifestyle on mortality. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial (REMOTE-HF) to improve self-care through education and counseling ( N=602)...
January 21, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Axel Wolf, Rebecca Vella, Andreas Fors
BACKGROUND: Research supporting the benefits of person-centred care is growing, still knowledge about patients' experiences of person-centred care is limited. AIM: To evaluate the effects of person-centred care on patients' experiences of care, and also in relation to educational level, after an acute coronary syndrome. METHOD: A total of 199 patients aged less than 75 years, hospitalised for acute coronary syndrome, were randomly assigned to either standard cardiac care ( n=105) or person-centred care plus standard cardiac care ( n=94)...
January 17, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Sharon O'Donnell, Peter Monahan, Gabrielle McKee, Geraldine McMahon, Elizabeth Curtin, Sean Farrell, Debra Moser
BACKGROUND: For patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome, international guidelines indicate that an Electrocardiogram (ECG) should be performed within 10 min of first medical contact, however success at achieving these guidelines is limited. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to develop and perform initial testing of a clinical prediction rule embedded in a tablet application, and to expedite the identification of patients who require an electrocardiogram within 10 min...
January 8, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Andrew Bugajski, Susan K Frazier, Debra K Moser, Misook Chung, Terry A Lennie
BACKGROUND: Comorbid chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is found in approximately one-third of patients with heart failure. Survival in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease generally decreases as lung function declines. However, the association between lung function, hospitalization and survival is less clear for patients with heart failure. AIM: The purpose of this study was to determine the predictive power of spirometry measures for event-free survival (combined all-cause hospitalization and/or mortality) in patients with heart failure...
January 4, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Tina B Hansen, Lis Neubeck
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January 4, 2019: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Libin An, Wentao Li, Hongling Shi, Xiaohua Zhou, Xin Liu, Huina Wang, Ju Liu, Shuqin Fan
BACKGROUND: The incidence of acute coronary syndrome is increasing in China. OBJECTIVE: To investigate gender differences in Chinese patients' acute coronary syndrome symptoms, attribution of symptoms and reasons for seeking medical service. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, multicentre study. Acute coronary syndrome patients were recruited from five university hospitals located in four cities, between June 2013 and February 2014. Data were collected using the McSweeney acute and prodromal myocardial infarction symptom survey...
December 17, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Emma Thomas, Mojtaba Lotfaliany, Sherry L Grace, Brian Oldenburg, C Barr Taylor, David L Hare, Wp Thanuja Rangani, Ds Anoja F Dheerasinghe, Dominique A Cadilhac, Adrienne O'Neil
BACKGROUND: Ageing populations and increasing survival following acute coronary syndrome has resulted in large numbers of people living with cardiovascular disease and at high risk of hospitalizations. Rising hospital admissions have a significant financial cost to the healthcare system. AIM: The purpose of this study was to determine whether cardiac rehabilitation is protective against long-term hospital readmission (frequency and length) following acute coronary syndrome...
December 14, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Gerður Rán Freysdóttir, Kristín Björnsdóttir, Margrét Hrönn Svavarsdóttir
BACKGROUND: Physiological monitors are increasingly used for patient surveillance. Although nurses play a vital role in the observation, analysis and use of information obtained from these devices, difficulties in their use, coupled with the high frequency of false and nuisance monitor alarms, can lead to negative working conditions and threaten patient safety. AIM: With the purpose of promoting effective monitor use and ensuring patient safety, the aim was to explore both how cardiovascular nurses use monitors in patient surveillance and the effect that the monitors have on the nurses' work...
November 30, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Leonie Klompstra
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December 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Satish M Mahajan, Paul Heidenreich, Bruce Abbott, Ana Newton, Deborah Ward
AIMS: Readmission rates for patients with heart failure have consistently remained high over the past two decades. As more electronic data, computing power, and newer statistical techniques become available, data-driven care could be achieved by creating predictive models for adverse outcomes such as readmissions. We therefore aimed to review models for predicting risk of readmission for patients admitted for heart failure. We also aimed to analyze and possibly group the predictors used across the models...
December 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Philip Moons, Tone M Norekval
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December 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Pernille F Cromhout, Philip Moons, Lau C Thygesen, Samer Nashef, Sune Damgaard, Selina Kikkenborg Berg
Risk assessment in cardiac surgery traditionally consists of medical and physiological parameters. However, non-physiological factors have also been found to be predictive of poor outcomes following cardiac surgery. Therefore, the isolated focus on physiological parameters is questionable. This paper describes the emotional, behavioural, social and functional factors that have been established to play a role in outcomes following cardiac surgery. This forms a basis for future research, testing the value of these factors above and beyond the physiological parameters...
December 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Janett A Hildebrand, John Billimek, Ellen F Olshansky, Dara H Sorkin, Jung-Ah Lee, Lorraine S Evangelista
BACKGROUND: Latinos constitute 17% of the US population and are one of the largest ethnic groups; however, only 7.6% participate in research studies. There is a disproportionately high number of Latinos living with type 2 diabetes mellitus and are at increased risk for cardiovascular events. Research to elicit facilitators and barriers for participation in research and effective recruitment strategies is limited. AIMS: This article reports the qualitative findings of a mixed-methods study examining perceived facilitators and barriers for research participation, and explores decision-making processes and ascertains ethnic values that influenced their decisions among Spanish-speaking Latinos with type 2 diabetes mellitus...
December 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
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