A Narrative Study of Womens Early Symptom Experience of Ischemic Stroke
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 05/09/2012
Beal CC et al. – There was a tendency to objectify the body. Two participants considered stroke as a possible cause for their symptoms, and the other women attributed symptoms to everyday bodily experiences and/or other health conditions. Most participants did not perceive themselves at risk for stroke, although all but 1 woman had risk factors. For some women, stroke onset was different from their previous ideas about this event, and this was especially the case if a woman had prodromal symptoms. Decision making during early stroke flowed from women’s evaluation of symptoms and the meaning of symptoms, and meaning was informed by a woman’s life situation.