Lifestyle pattern change in males following percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty/intracoronary stenting

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Utilizing a naturalistic inquiry approach, a semi-structured interview schedule and non-probability purposive sampling, this study provided detail on the rationale and influences behind the decisions of four males participants to change or not change their lifestyle patterns 3 months after a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty/intracoronary stent procedure. One of the participants made a noticeable lifestyle pattern change in this period.The remaining participants failed to exhibit any discernible lifestyle pattern change or had continued with their previous behaviours. Results suggest a new 'positive' psychological health perspective, family considerations, return-to-work issues and a reluctance to participate in cardiac rehabilitation as the major factors influencing lifestyle pattern change. Because nurses spend the greatest amount of time with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty/intracoronary stent patients during hospitalization, they have the best opportunity to provide up-to-date and relevant information to patients that will enable them to then make decisions concerning cardiac healthy lifestyle changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-137
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Coronary artery disease
  • Lifestyle pattern change
  • Ptca/stent.

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