Experiences of women who have had myocardial infarction treated with angioplasty
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A qualitative. Interpretative design was used to discover the meaning and Impact of myocardial infarction treated v^th percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in the lives of women and to determine the implications for improving nursing care with a focus on Rogers' principle of integ'ality. Nine women with a self-report of heart attack treated with angioplasty were recruited through network sampling. Unstructured tape-recorded interviews of approximately one hour in length were conducted with each participant. Grounded theory was used in collection and analysis of the narrative data. Through a constant comparative method, common concepts were identified. The core variable of increased awareness was the central focus of the major concepts of their experiences, absence of typical chest pain as a symptom of heart attack, trust versus mistrust of care-givers based on advocacy, search for the causality of heart attack, and transformation into one's own case manager.