Significance of Breathing Awareness and Exercise Training for Recovery after Myocardial Infarction

  • Jan van Dixhoorn
Part of the The Plenum Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology and Medicine book series (SSBP)


Experts state that cardiac rehabilitation should be comprehensive and “tailored to the individual” (Kellerman, 1981; Meyer, 1985). In actual practice, the main component of rehabilitation is physical exercise (Blodgett & Pekarik, 1987). It is assumed that exercise training will improve not only the patients’ physical fitness but also their morale, enhance their return to normal activities, and reduce their risk of recurring cardiac events. It is becoming clear, however, that some patients will benefit from exercise, while others will not (Uniken Venema-Van Uden, Zoeteweij, & Erdman, 1989). This difference is one of the reasons that the effectiveness of exercise-rehabilitation is limited (Barr Taylor, Houston-Miller, Ahn, Haskell, & DeBusk, 1986) and the development of cardiac rehabilitation stagnates (Hellerstein, 1986).


Heart Rate Variability Exercise Training Coping Style Cardiac Rehabilitation Training Outcome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan van Dixhoorn
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  1. 1.St. Joannes de Deo HospitalHaarlemThe Netherlands

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