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Relaxation therapy for rehabilitation and prevention in ischaemic heart disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
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PMID:  15942415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: To establish the effects of relaxation therapy on the recovery from a cardiac ischaemic event and secondary prevention. METHODS AND RESULTS: A search was conducted for controlled trials in which patients with myocardial ischaemia were taught relaxation therapy, and outcomes were measured with respect to physiological, psychological, cardiac effects, return to work and cardiac events. A total of 27 studies were located. Six studies used abbreviated relaxation therapy (3 h or less of instruction), 13 studies used full relaxation therapy (9 h of supervised instruction and discussion), and in eight studies full relaxation therapy was expanded with cognitive therapy (11 h on average). Physiological outcomes: reduction in resting heart rate, increased heart rate variability, improved exercise tolerance and increased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were found. No effect was found on blood pressure or cholesterol. Psychological outcome: state anxiety was reduced, trait anxiety was not, depression was reduced. Cardiac effects: the frequency of occurrence of angina pectoris was reduced, the occurrence of arrhythmia and exercise induced ischaemia were reduced. Return to work was improved. Cardiac events occurred less frequently, as well as cardiac deaths. With the exception of resting heart rate, the effects were small, absent or not measured in studies in which abbreviated relaxation therapy was given. No difference was found between the effects of full or expanded relaxation therapy. CONCLUSION: Intensive supervised relaxation practice enhances recovery from an ischaemic cardiac event and contributes to secondary prevention. It is an important ingredient of cardiac rehabilitation, in addition to exercise and psycho-education.
Jan van Dixhoorn; Adrian White
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation : official journal of the European Society of Cardiology, Working Groups on Epidemiology & Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1741-8267     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-06-08     Completed Date:  2005-10-25     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101192000     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  193-202     Citation Subset:  IM    
Kennemer Hospital, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Cholesterol, HDL / blood
Exercise Tolerance
Heart Rate
Myocardial Ischemia / rehabilitation*
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Relaxation Therapy*
Stress, Psychological*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cholesterol, HDL

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