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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
aspirin, myocardial infarction prevention, rural elderly health risk assessment
The purpose of this study was to describe the patterns of aspirin (ASA) use for primary and secondary prevention of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Cardiac risk factors, perception of risk, discussion of ASA use and recommendations from healthcare providers (HCPs) are also described. The sample of 93 rural-dwelling elderly who attended midwestem Senior Citizen Centers were queried about cardiac risks, risk perception, and ASA use. Results suggest underuse of ASA for both primary and secondary prevention of AMI, Predictors of ASA use were a history of coronary heart disease (CHD) and hypertension. A significant difference in perceived cardiac risk existed between those who discussed ASA with a HCP and those who did not, and between those who had a HCP recommendation for ASA and those who did not. HCPs must actively assess cardiac riskand recommend ASAfor patients at high risk.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Myocardial infarction -- Prevention
Rural elderly -- Health risk assessment
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 1998 Charyl Barglof. All rights reserved
Barglof, Cheryl, "Aspirin Use for Prevention of Myocardial Infarction in Rural-Dwelling Elderly" (1998). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 812.