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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

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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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