ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
The relationship between chest pain intensity and physiological indicators after coronary artery bypass grafting: A correlational study
Ali Fakhr-Movahedi1, Afsaneh Zarei2, Abbasali Ebrahimian1
1Nursing Care Research Center, Nursing and Midwifery School, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran
2Student Research Committee, Nursing and Midwifery School, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2019.17517
Background: This study aims to evaluate the relationship between chest pain intensity and physiological indicators in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting.

Methods: In this correlational study, chest pain intensity and physiological responses of a total of 126 coronary artery bypass grafting patients (104 males, 22 females; mean age 62.3±8.5 years; range, 45 to 80 years) during respiratory exercise were evaluated in a referral hospital setting between December 2016 and March 2018. On the second day after surgery, pain intensity was measured by a numerical rating scale. Physiological indicators were collected using the Nihon Kohden (MU65) monitoring device.

Results: The mean pain intensity score was 7.8±1.9 (range, 1 to 10). There was no significant correlation between the pain intensity and physiological indicators (p>0.05). There was a negative correlation between the pain intensity and age of the patient (r=- 0.183 and p=0.04). Pain intensity was not significantly different between male and female gender (p=0.064).

Conclusion: Our study results show no significant relationship between the chest pain intensity and physiological responses in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting.

Keywords : Chest pain intensity, coronary artery bypass grafting, physiological indicator
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