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University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Living with chronic heart failure (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: In Sweden about 200 000 people are suffering from heart failure. Heart failure is the most common reason for hospitalization for patients over 65 years of age. These patients have an increased risk for premature death and less quality of life. Heart failure is a chronic and progressive condition and it is important to recognize the symptoms at an early stage. Nurses should be able to identify, observe and estimate early signs of exacerbation of the disease.

Aim: The aim of this study was to emphasize how women with heart failure experience their daily life. Method: The method used was a literature-based study with basis in the analysis of qualitative research. The study was based on ten scientific publications.

Results: Patients with heart failure experience limitations in daily life because of their physical ability is affected. Fatigue is a big part of these patients´ life. They often feel isolated and lonely when they can´t keep up daily activities. Anxiety about death is also common. Conclusion: The patients need more information and education about their condition in order to be able to handle their daily life. Many patients need help and support to process their thoughts of death.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Daily life, experience, heart failure, suffer, women.
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8031Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8031DiVA: diva2:850215
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Nursing science
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Sjuksköterskeprogrammet
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Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2015-09-07Bibliographically approved

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