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The pre-hospital experiences of women with acute coronary syndrome Snyder, Diane Marie

Abstract

There is limited knowledge regarding how women interpret their pre-hospital experiences of acute coronary syndrome. In this study, an interpretive descriptive method was used to analyze interviews with eight women who experienced acute coronary syndrome. Analysis of these interviews revealed several factors , including previous experience with cardiac symptoms and interaction s with health care professionals that influenced how these women interpreted their pre-hospital experiences. The participants ' interpretation of these factors of their pre - hospital experience determined whether they followed a clear path or an unclear path to diagnosis and hospital admission. An understanding of how women interpret their experiences with cardiovascular disease will assist health care professionals to provide better services for women who are at risk of, or who are living with, cardiovascular disease.

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