• NEWS . 17 Feb 2020
  • Octogenarians with ACS expect their treatment to result in increased wellbeing and fewer symptoms

  • Researchers have collected valuable insights into the preferences and expectations of elderly people for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) treatment, helping to add to the evidence about whether this population benefits from established treatments.

    In a qualitative study, a total of 19 patients (eight women, 11 men) aged ≥80 years diagnosed with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction or unstable angina were enrolled. Data were collected through semistructured interviews and then analysed.

    From the content analysis, researchers identified two main categories: wanting the best and hoping for increased wellbeing. Participant preferences were influenced by their own and others' previous experiences and their confidence in healthcare professionals. With respect to treatment outcomes, the participants hoped to get well, stay active, experience fewer symptoms and regain vitality.

    In conclusion, octogenarians with ACS in the study desired the best treatment option and trusted that their healthcare providers would make appropriate recommendations.

    Widell C, et al. Octogenarian preferences and expectations for acute coronary syndrome treatment. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2020. doi: 10.1177/1474515120902315. [Epub ahead of print]