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The rapidly increasing numbers of patients who experience coronary angioplasty have not been widely studied concerning their rehabilitation, risk factor modification, health maintenance and role resumption Bandura's self-efficacy theory serves as the framework of a study designed to explore the efficacy expectations for and behavioural performance of walking, following a diet, health maintenance, resumption of role and return to work in angioplasty patients Based in this study, assessment and intervention strategies used by cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist authors are described with a clinical example