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The majority of participants in this study had an inadequate knowledge of heart failure and a poor level of engagement in self-care practices. While the majority of participants complied with medication and low-sodium diet recommendations, compliance was low with regular weight monitoring, exercise and symptom reporting. Participants were more likely to engage in good self-care practices if they were aged between 30 and 50 years, had a New York Heart Association classification of III or IV, and had a good knowledge of heart failure.

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It is the most successful when discussing lifestyle changes with patients with cardiac failure..


What can cardiac nurses do to help patients with heart failure understand the importance of lifestyle change to the management of their condition? What strategies can help to facilitate good self-care practice among patients with heart failure?

Abdissa Boka
Addis Ababa University

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This page is a summary of: Practice of self-care behaviours and associated factors among patients with heart failure, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, January 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjca.2021.0121.
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