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Silencing the Heart: Women in Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease

Maria I. Medved

in Silencing the Self Across Cultures

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398090
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398090.003.0021
Silencing the Heart: Women in Treatment for Cardiovascular Disease

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This chapter examines how women who are in support groups after myocardial heart infarction are silenced by approaches to treatment that are derived solely from men's experiences with heart disease. It presents evidence of how treatment can address self-silencing in order to facilitate women's positive coping to help them return to health. It discusses the relevance of silencing the self theory in conceptualizing women's experience of cardiovascular disease, particularly in light of the lack of attention given to women's—as opposed to men's—experience of heart disease. Using illustrative case examples, the chapter demonstrates the contradictions between women's needs to focus on their own recovery and to simultaneously meet the needs of those around them. The chapter also describes possible psychosocial approaches for recovery and rehabilitation for women with cardiovascular disease.

Keywords: cardiovascular disease; rehabilitation; heart attack; self-care; social support

Chapter.  8911 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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