Nursing and quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation before and after radiofrequency ablation.

: The importance of nursing and patient quality of life is a top concern for medical professionals. Therefore, participation by medical professionals in raising awareness and continuously supporting improvements in nursing care is an essential part of improving patient quality of life. Modern medical techniques and procedures are changing rapidly, particularly in the field of cardiology. This has resulted in changing roles and increased responsibility for nurses and confirms the necessity for changing the perception of nurses relative to their role in the medical environment and to patient care. This paper presents the results from the first phase of a research project and focuses on quality of life and problematic areas associated with the needs of patients with atrial fibrillation before and after radiofrequency catheter ablation. Atrial fibrillation is one of the most common supraventricular arrhythmias. Its incidence in the general population has risen significantly over the last twenty years. The objective of this research was to assess those areas, which are considered by patients to be problematic before therapeutic intervention. The research was realized through a quantitative survey using a modified questionnaire. Results showed that AF reduced the quality of life both physically and psychologically (i.e. increased levels of anxiety and depression). Results also showed that radiofrequency catheter ablation was able to alleviate symptoms associated with AF and was also able to increase patient quality of life.

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