Evid Based Nurs 15:37-38 doi:10.1136/ebnurs-2011-100260
  • Adult nursing
  • Qualitative-other

Women's experience of intimacy following their partner's first myocardial infarction reveals three common themes: perceived responsibility and limited life space; sense of life loss; and finding another dimension of life

  1. Kelsey L Hegarty
  1. General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Kelsey L Hegarty
    General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne, 200 Berkeley Street, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia; k.hegarty{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses need to pay attention to the well-being of partners of men who have myocardial infarcts.

  • Nurses need to explore the effect of a myocardial infarction on the relationship dynamics for example, communication patterns and intimacy.

  • Further research should quantify how relationships change post infarct, over and above the effect on sexual intimacy.


Women play a significant role in recovery after a heart attack of their male partners.1 The effect on the couple's relationship has been explored …

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