FEATUREOver Time Reflections After a Myocardial InfarctionCoyle, Mary Kathleen PMHCSN-BC Author Information Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia. Corresponding Author: Mary Kathleen Coyle, PMHCSN-BC, Veteran Affairs Medical Center, 50 Irving St, NW, Washington, DC 20042 ([email protected]). The nursing staff and directors of Washington Adventist Hospital provided access to participants on the following units: Coronary Care Unit—Mike Kaufman, RN; Cardiac Step-down—Linda Prom, RN; Cardiac Surgical Step-down—Donna Arnold, RN. Holistic Nursing Practice: January 2009 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 49-56 doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000343209.56710.2a Buy Metrics Abstract Self-care is especially important after a heart attack when daily lifestyle changes are needed. Performance of self-care behaviors after a myocardial infarction assists individuals in minimizing the progression of coronary heart disease. Uncovering patients' reflections after myocardial infarction provides a therapeutic window to target self-care interventions. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.