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The quality of life of patients after implantation of cardioverter-defibrillator
 
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Klinika Kardiologii Samodzielnego Publicznego Szpitala Klinicznego Nr 2, Pomorski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Szczecinie
 
Med Og Nauk Zdr. 2014;20(3):256–259
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Introduction:
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading public health problem worldwide. Introduction: Cardioverterdefibrillators (ICD- implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) and the miniaturization of these devices allow for a radical extension of life. Despite the inestimable rescue value brought by implantable cardioverter – defibrillator, in this group of patients a deterioration of the quality of life often occurs.

Objective:
The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life of patients after the implantation of cardioverter defibrillators using a MacNew questionnaire.

Material and Methods:
The study included 30 patients qualified for implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator. Educational intervention was used in this group. To assess the quality of life, the standardized MacNew questionnaire was applied twice, to estimate the three main spheres of the patients: psychological, social, and physical after implantation of the device.

Results:
Analyzing the differences between the two measurements of parameters of the questionnaire in the study, a statistically significant increase in all its values was observed. The emotional status indicator increased by 0.51, on average; the level indicator of social contacts increased by 0.51, on average, and exercise capacity index increased by 0.49, on average.

 
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