Qualidade de vida em gestantes com cardiopatia
Alternative titleQuality of life in pregnant with heart disease
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The objective of this cross-sectional, descriptive and exploratory study was to describe the perceptions of pregnant women with heart disease concerning their quality of life. Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index was applied to 42 patients from the second trimester of pregnancy on, between January 2008 and March 2009. Descriptive statistics, analysis of variance and Student's t test were used. The Quality of Life Index median total score was relatively high (23.9), while the socioeconomic domain was the most compromised (22.9). An association between unplanned pregnancies and the socioeconomic domain was observed (p=0.065). These patients' quality of life can be regarded as good, but unplanned pregnancies contributed to worsening scores in the socioeconomic domain. High-risk pregnancies did not affect quality of life because a pregnancy is linked to meanings such as happiness, satisfaction and personal fulfillment.