Relaxation techniques and hypnosis in the treatment of CHD patients

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It is now generally acknowledged that the functioning of the cardiovascular system is determined in large part by attitudes, emotions, anxiety and distress [1]. Resulting clinical implications include the use of behavioral and psychological interventions during cardiac rehabilitation in order to achieve relaxation [2], which can be defined as a state of physiological distension aimed at re-balancing changes deriving from distressful conditions. Relaxation techniques and hypnosis have become particularly relevant in treatment programs aimed at stress management and homeostatic rebalancing, since a continuous state of arousal can, in the long run, result in damage or dysfunction cardiovascular system. Many authors, however, argue that techniques aimed at achieving a relaxation condition can be considered elective in the treatment of cardiovascular disease [3]-[6].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Psychology and Heart Disease
PublisherSpringer Milan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)8847003776, 9788847003774
Publication statusPublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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