This article reviews the literature regarding women with cardiac disease to identify factors that impact their self-definition and rehabilitation. Research suggests that women have different physical and psychosocial problems than men during recovery and rehabilitation. A woman's adult development model is described, showing how these factors may affect a woman's self-definition. The implications of these factors are discussed for female clients in a cardiac rehabilitation setting; the implications for nursing and future research are also presented.
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