Researcher's cardiac studyÂ
A RESEARCHERÂ has found heart attack patients can suffer severe emotional trauma after medics return them to physical health.
According toÂ University of Portsmouth PhD studentÂ Samantha Meredith the feelings range from a phobia of moving in case a patient's heart rate rises to accepting they have a health condition at all.Â
In carrying out the year-long ethnographical study, Samantha discovered the trauma to be most common in men who saw themselves as '˜alpha males' before becoming patients.Â
But afterwards, many perceived themselves to be weak and more likely to be '˜picked off' by other people.Â
Published inÂ Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, the study examinedÂ cardiac patients navigating shock and grief, including depression, feelings of loss of controlÂ and a disruption to their understanding of who they thought they were.
It concluded cardiac patients need kindness as much as they need medical intervention to recover and presented itsÂ findings as three fictional stories based on the most common types of emotional trauma seen in cardiac patients over a year.
SamanthaÂ hopes the research results will help support patients, their families and clinicians.Â