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Feedback on heart attack

The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in London is the largest heart and lung centre in the UK. This article explores a project carried out by nurses at the trust looking at the experiences of having an acute myocardial infarction, and how patients felt about taking part in a research study.
Heart attack patient

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Having a heart attack is a terrifying experience for patients, but rarely do those treating them understand just how intensely painful it can be.

That is among the findings of new research looking at the experiences of having an acute myocardial infarction (MI), and how it then felt to take part in a research study.

‘When the patient first arrives at hospital, the paramedics have done such a good job that the person’s pain has subsided,’ explains research nurse manager Paula Rogers. ‘But many patients have an overwhelming feeling of how bad their pain was and are fearful of ever having it again. It can be so excruciating that the memory really stays with them.’

The lesson for healthcare staff at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is to allow patients to

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