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Spring 2015


Patients with heart disease must overcome a complex set of behavioral and attitudinal obstacles if they wish to have a health-related quality of life. The difficulty and frustration of this illness can be mitigated by social support and improving contextual circumstances, which has been demonstrated in previous research. A contextual variable that is likely to predict heart disease in young adults is access to healthcare. The purpose of this study was to examine whether social support and access to healthcare predicted if a young adult has heart disease.