A questionnaire to assess premonitory symptoms of myocardial infarction

Int J Cardiol. 1987 Oct;17(1):15-24. doi: 10.1016/0167-5273(87)90029-5.


To test the hypothesis that feelings of vital exhaustion precede the onset of myocardial infarction, and to develop a short questionnaire to assess these feelings, a prospective study was done among 3877 males, aged 39-65 years. During a 4.2-year follow-up period, 59 fatal or non-fatal infarctions occurred. The mean score of future coronary causes as determined by a questionnaire assessing feelings of vital exhaustion was significantly higher than the mean score of a control group matched for age, blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking. Given the validity of the model, it was possible to reduce markedly the size of the questionnaire.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depression*
  • Fatigue*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morbidity
  • Myocardial Infarction*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires