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  1. Berra, Kathy MSN, ANP, FAAN


Improvements in quality of life (QOL) and high levels of patient satisfaction are associated with cardiovascular risk reduction (CRR) programs. Understanding the influences that lifestyle change and medical management have on individuals, their families, and their environment can help target successful interventions that benefit both QOL and patient satisfaction. It is well known that multiple aspects of one's QOL can be affected by the development of coronary artery disease. Development of depressive symptoms and anxiety, along with declines in functional capacity and family and social functioning, has been reported. QOL is a dynamic continuum, relating to many aspects of one's life. Social relationships, financial situations, work-related issues, physical limitations, and intellectual challenges all play a role in determining QOL and satisfaction within the health care setting. Self-perception of how these factors negatively or positively influence one's QOL also exerts a strong influence. This article will review the influence of primary and secondary prevention programs on QOL and patient satisfaction.