A member asked:

Do relaxation techniques help a patient in a cardiac rehabilitation program?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Howard Rubin answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Relaxation techniques are excellent for dealing with responses to psychological stressors so as to blunt the physiologic chemical response to such a stimulus thus decreasing the "flight or fight" increase in heart rate and blood pressure inherent to such.

Answered Dec 4, 2012


Dr. Andrew Kaplan answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Relaxation and biofeedback help lower adrenaline levels, which is beneficial for a cardiac patient. Likewise, cardiac rehabilitation improves physiology and lowers overall sympathetic nervous system activity. This reduces risk for heart attack, stroke, and arrhythmias.

Answered Sep 28, 2016



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