About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Coronary Heart Disease Patients Often Have Unsatisfactory Lives: Study

by Tanya Thomas on July 16, 2008 at 9:11 AM
Font : A-A+

Coronary Heart Disease Patients Often Have Unsatisfactory Lives: Study

Here's another reminder to those frivolous with their health. A new study has suggested that although new and improved treatment options are available to boost survival rates of coronary heart disease patients, the remainder of their lives may be less than satisfactory. The quality of those extra years may be less than ideal, they add.

Adults with cardiovascular trouble scored up to 9 percent lower on four scales measuring their quality of life, when compared with adults without coronary heart disease (CHD).

Advertisement

Lead author Jipan Xie, M.D., Ph.D., former health scientist in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga, said that patients with coronary heart disease were more likely to say they had poorer quality of life, or describe themselves as sick.

Those most likely to report poorer quality of life in this study were between the age group of 18 to 49; women; and black or Hispanic.

Xie said that the age-related difference probably reflects a difference in age-related expectations.
Advertisement

"Younger people may feel more pressure - especially younger men - in the workplace and may be more threatened by limitations imposed by their disease," she said.

Older people, especially those who were older than 65, were less likely to say heart disease limited their life or had an adverse effect on their quality of life.

"The implications of these findings underscore the need for interventions aimed at improved health-related quality of life for people with coronary heart disease - a population that has been growing rapidly," she said.

For the study, researchers used data from the 2000 and 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys and they identified 2,091 people with a history of coronary heart disease from a sample of 37,386 individuals.

On average, CHD patients had 2.4 percent lower mental health scores; 4.6 percent lower health utility scores - which measured mobility, self-care, usual activity, pain and anxiety; 9 percent lower self-ratings of health; and 9.2 percent lower physical health scores.

Researchers noted that men and women with heart disease rated lower on the mental health measure than did participants free of CHD.

Yet, while self-rated health scores indicated that men were more affected by CHD than women, physical health scores indicated women with heart disease had more functional impairment than men.

Xie said contradictory findings are fairly common in these types of analyses, but the findings suggest a disconnect between self-perception and functional ability.

Researchers said the study is limited because the disease status was self-reported and patients had various stages of CHD and treatments.

Also, there was not enough information to explain the differences in patient-reported health status among demographic subgroups.

The study is published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Source: ANI
TAN/M
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Cardiac Catheterization Heart Attack Air travel: To fly or not to fly Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Body Mass Index Silent Killer Diseases Heart Healthy Heart Lifestyle Paths to Prevent Heart Disease Statins 

Recommended Reading
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease - Introduction
Distance education for Overview of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease...
Life Stress Test | Life Stressor Chart
Take Life Stress Test (Life Stressor Chart) to check your stress level. Follow relaxation ......
An Active Heart - Animation
The heart pumps blood constantly providing the power to sustain life....
Obese Kids Show Early Signs of Heart Disease
A study has found that kids who are obese or who are at risk for obesity show early signs of heart ....
Air travel: To fly or not to fly
Air travel is for everyone, even those with medical conditions....
Body Mass Index
Body mass index (BMI) is a simple tool that is generally used to estimate the total amount of body f...
Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is a radiological procedure for both diagnosis and treatment of heart condit...
Heart Attack
Heart attack is the death of the heart muscle due to loss of blood supply. Heart disease is the lead...
Lifestyle Paths to Prevent Heart Disease
Heart disease can be of many types depending upon whether they involve the heart muscles or artery w...
Statins
Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms bu...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use