110 male subjects, under 60, admitted for myocardial infarction in 1980 and 1981, have been considered. 85 answers to the questionnaire, sent by post have been obtained, 6 pertaining to patients who died in the meanwhile. Among the 79 living patients who replied, 57 (72.1%) had resumed work within the average time of 4.8 months (min. 0.5-max. 12).Return to work has been significantly higher among self-employed people than employees; only 15 subjects had changed job or task. The subjective rating of the actual health status, two years after the infarction, has been satisfactory in 90.5% of cases, in spite of 56.5% complaining of heartburn, 38.1% of dyspnea and 35.7% of palpitation. The work-load has been rated as tiring only by 12.6% of them, while 65.6% have maintained unchanged their work capacity. Electrocardiographic monitoring (by the Holter method), during a normal workday, showed no significant differences between working and retired subjects and, also, in work and normal activity periods. 19 subjects (47.5%) presented ventricular arrhythmias, in 12 cases at high risk, most of them being unaware of it. These arrhythmias were more frequent during wake periods, but not strictly connected to the type and the quality of the work activity. The patients subjected to rehabilitation showed no differences in the cardiovascular patterns during the ergometric test and ECG monitoring when compared to those not subjected to rehabilitation.
|Translated title of the contribution||Return to work and cardiovascular status after myocardial infarction|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health