The effects of exercise training on psychosocial functioning after myocardial infarction


Journal Article

This study was designed to assess the effects of exercise on psychosocial functioning in a consecutive series of post myocardial infarction (MI) patients referred for cardiac rehabilitation. Seventy patients with a recent (less than 1 year) MI were randomly assigned to either a program of moderate-high (65-75% V̇O2 max) or low (< 45% V̇O2 max) intensity exercise training for 12 weeks. In addition to exercise treadmill testing, subjects completed an extensive psychometric test battery including measures of anxiety, depression, stress, and Type A behavior. Although both groups increased their level of cardiorespiratory fitness by 15%, no differences were found in any measures of psychosocial functioning. However, those patients who were initially depressed improved at the completion of the program. The clinical significance of these findings are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blumenthal, JA; Emery, CF; Rejeski, WJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 183 - 193

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0883-9212

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00008483-198805000-00003

Citation Source

  • Scopus