Young Women After MI - A Qualitative Study of Social Context and Lay Perceptions of the Disease.
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Background: A recently published study by us shows interesting incidence numbers of myocardial infarction (MI) in two close cities. One of the cities has the highest incidence of MI in Sweden. Conventional risk factors for cardiovascular diseases only partly account for the social gradient. MI among women of working age is a relatively rare event. It can be an indicator of the current health situation in a city. The purpose of this study was to analyze lay perceptions and believes regarding the disease among affected women in their social context. Knowledge about this can give us a better understanding about how they think, act and choose in life.
Methods: We focused on younger women under 65 years of age affected by MI. Qualitative interviews was made with 12 women in the defined region.
Results: The majority of the women mentioned inner stress as a cause for, and specific life events adjacent to the MI. All women in the study point out conventional risk factors (smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, diet, and heredity) as an explanation for their MI. Finally, most of these women had high demands on themselves, put other people's needs above their own and some testified about very traumatic life experiences.
Conclusions: Knowledge about young women affected by MI and their lay perceptions is an important prerequisite for preventive measures for this special group.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70793OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70793DiVA: diva2:441774
9th International Congress on Coronary Artery Disease, October 23-26, 2011,Venice, Italy