[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Considering that diabetic patients suffering from Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) may or may not have chest pain, this study aimed to compare the presence and intensity of chest pain in AMI between diabetic and non-diabetic patients. We conducted a cross-sectional study that included patients with AMI, aged ≥ 18 years, both sexes. We used a verbal numeric scale for assessing the presence and intensity of pain. The study included 88 patients, of whom 77 (87.5%) non-diabetic patients and 11 (12.5%) diabetics. The pain was present in 11 (100%) of diabetics and in 76 (98.7%) of non-diabetics. The intensity of pain in diabetics was 8.91 versus 8.23 in non-diabetic patients. The study showed similarity in the presence and intensity of chest pain between diabetic and non diabetic patients suffering from AMI.
Revista brasileira de enfermagem 02/2012; 65(1):77-82. · 0.25 Impact Factor