Effect of Hydro-Aromatherapy on Heart Rate in Heart Failure Patients
Keywords:Hydro-aromatherapy; Heart failure; Heart rate
Objects: to determine the effect of hydro-aromatherapy on heart rate in patients with heart failure.
Methods: This study was a quasi-experiment pretest-posttest with two groups. Thirty-two respondents were
selected by consecutive sampling with inclusion and exclusion criteria. The intervention was given a warm
feet soak with aromatherapy, while the control only had a warm feet soak. Pulse oximetry was used to
measure heart rate. Data were analyzed using a dependent t-test and independent t-test.
Results: there was a statistically significant heart rate difference before and after in intervention (p<0.000),
and also there was a statistically significant heart rate difference before and after in the control group
(p<0.0005). In the study in the intervention group after the treatment, a warm feet soak with aromatherapy
was decreased heart rate by an average of 78.69 (SD=14.63). Whereas in the control group after the treatment
a warm feet soak was also decreased heart rate by an average of 85.31 (SD=5.12).
Conclusion: Both treatments a warm feet soak with and without aromatherapy were decreased the heart
rate, but perhaps with aromatherapy will be improved patients’ comfort.
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