“Maybe It Could Be a Heart Attack . . . But I'm Only 31”: Young Men's Lived Experience of Myocardial Infarction—An Exploratory Study

Maggie Allison, Carol Campbell

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Abstract

This study examines the lived experience of myocardial infarction (MI) in younger men. Seven men, aged between 32 and 58, all of whom had suffered MI within the previous 12 months, were interviewed. Thematic analysis of the interview transcripts revealed four main themes. The themes were "disillusionment with life," "tension and stress," "keeping up appearances," and "invincibility." Collectively the four themes reflected the complexities, subtleties, and consensus of the experiences of these younger men who have survived MI. This study reveals that the individuals within the authors' sample appear to allude to the ideal or hegemonic form of masculine identity. Utilization of a qualitative approach with this younger male sample has enabled the authors to elicit the defining features of their experience as identified by themselves. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-125
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

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