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Longitudinal study
Fatigue 2 months after myocardial infarction may indicate risk for persistent fatigue
  1. Patricia B Crane
  1. East Carolina University College of Nursing, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Patricia B Crane, East Carolina University College of Nursing, Health Sciences Building, Greenville, NC 27858, USA; cranep14{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Global fatigue 2 months post-myocardial infarction (MI) may indicate those at highest risk for fatigue at 4 months post-MI.

  • Fatigue 2 months post-MI is associated with increased stress, breathlessness and ineffective coping, but not with sleep quality nor with depression.

  • Measuring fatigue post-MI is important, as fatigue is a major barrier to physical activity.


Fredriksson-Larsson and colleagues address an important symptom, fatigue, in the post-MI period. Typically, this time period is when physiological recovery and pharmacological …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.