Depression and hypoxia in post myocardial infarction patients
The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between depression and hypoxia in post myocardial infarction patients. Utilizing a correlational survey design, 52 men were recruited from the practices of private cardiologists in north Texas.
The Zung Self-rating Depression Scale was used to measure depression and the Nellcor Pulse Oximeter was used to measure hypoxia. Data obtained from the two instruments were statistically analyzed using the Pearson product-moment correlation technique.
Results of the study demonstrated a significant relationship between depression and hypoxia in the sample of post myocardial infarction patients. The study suggests that further investigation into the cause, treatment and prevention of depression in post myocardial infarction patients is warranted.