Cardiac Invalidism

Cardiac Invalidism

‘Cardiac Invalidism’ refers to persons experiencing physical and psychological disability even though they have adequate physical recovery from an episode of Myocardial Infarction. The term was coined in the 1960’s. These patients exhibit helplessness and increased weakness related to their heart disease and frequently seek attention and reassurance from family, friends and healthcare professionals long after the normal recovery period. They continue their sick role for an extended period even though they have normal or near normal cardiac function.