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The effects of short-term exercise on the cognitive orientation for health and adjustment in myocardial infarction patients.
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PMID:  8845579     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Previous studies have shown that cardiovascular patients benefit from exercise. The explanations are partly physical and partly psychological, yet evidence for the latter is contradictory, possibly because only selected samples start and maintain prolonged exercising. The authors examined psychological effects of short-term exercise started as soon as possible after myocardial infarction, focusing on the motivation for health of 62 male and female patients who had had a myocardial infarction 7 to 10 days earlier. Patients were divided into those who exercised for a week in a recovery camp, those who merely stayed for a week in the camp, and those who did not stay in the camp. Results of before and after tests indicated that two scores of the motivation for health (goals and norms) of patients in the exercise group increased, even when complications, former exercising, and infarct location were considered. A month later, 53 of the patients completed a cardiological adjustment questionnaire. The exercise group scored higher than the others on 8 of 9 domains, including subjective health state, sexuality, and work. Even short-term supervised exercise, if done immediately after infarction, has a great potential for beneficial psychological effects, the authors concluded.
H Greif; S Kreitler; E Kaplinsky; S Behar; M Scheinowitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavioral medicine (Washington, D.C.)     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0896-4289     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav Med     Publication Date:  1995  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-23     Completed Date:  1996-10-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804264     Medline TA:  Behav Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Heart Institute, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Exercise / psychology*
Internal-External Control*
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / psychology*,  rehabilitation
Personality Inventory
Rehabilitation Centers
Sick Role*
Social Environment

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