Myocardial Infarction and Patients’ Wives

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When a patient has a myocardial infarction (MI), all aspects of marital function are affected. Soon after the MI, patients’ wives experience psychological distress that decreases with time. Illness behaviors among the MI patients’ wives increase, and aggressive and sexual impulses are often inhibited. Many families experience changes in members’ work status after the husband has an MI, and wives are faced with increased chores. Marital interaction also changes. Dysfunctional marital relationships are associated with a poor psychosocial outcome. Additionally, spousal factors such as dependency are also likely to affect patients. Intervention strategies are best directed to wives at risk for problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-145
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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