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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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