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WOTTRICH, Shana Hastenpflug et al. Cardiac surgery, the body and its (im) possibilities: meanings attributed by post-surgical patients. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2016, vol.22, n.3, pp. 645-671. ISSN 1677-1168.

It is a clinical and qualitative study, characterized as exploratory and descriptive. Its aim was to understand the meanings attributed to cardiac surgery by patients who underwent the procedure. Twelve patients of a cardiology out-patience clinic in a university hospital participated in the study. Data was collected via semi-structured interviews and analyzed through content analysis. The emerging categories highlight feelings of estrangement by the subjects related to experiences concerning their new body, its potentialities and limitations, after the surgical procedure. The participants reported feeling fragile and vulnerability, referring to uncertainty about the future, which seems to trigger a reflexive movement. Implications of such reality are discussed, as well as the need to reflect about the parameters of health care regarding such patients, aiming to subsidize actions based on the principle of integrality, in which the patient is considered the protagonist of his/her treatment

Keywords : Health psychology; Cardiology; Cardiovascular surgical procedures.

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