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Cross-sectional study
Increased physical activity in women following myocardial infarction improves health-related quality of life
  1. Donna Fitzsimons,
  2. Loreena Hill
  1. Queens University Belfast, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Donna Fitzsimons, Queens University Belfast, School of Nursing and Midwifery, MBC Building, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK; d.fitzsimons{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Strategies are needed to improve the uptake of secondary prevention programmes among women.

  • Further research into female illness perception and value placed on physical activity postmyocardial infarction (MI).


In recent years, there is growing realisation that women have poorer outcomes following MI compared with men, for example, an increased level of mortality, comorbidities and reduced quality of life.1 Their recovery from MI can also be protracted and they face distinct gender-related issues.2 Women are less likely to attend secondary prevention programmes, which include a physical exercise component.3 The study by Lovlien et al's examines whether females' sense of coherence, their exercise levels and quality of life are inter-related and the impact age has on these relationships proceeding an MI. …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.