Chest pain self-management training for patients with coronary artery disease

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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine



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Adult; Aged; Angina Pectoris; Arousal; Combined Modality Therapy; Coronary Artery Bypass; Coronary Disease; Exercise; Follow-Up Studies; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Myocardial Infarction; Pain Measurement; Personality Inventory; Self Care; Treatment Outcome


Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventive Medicine


This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of a brief, structured pain management program to improve control over chest pain episodes in patients diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Twenty-six male veterans who attended the three-session program were compared with twenty-six matched controls. Results indicated significant short-term reductions in self-report of number of chest pain episodes in treated subjects. Self-report of pretreatment daily physical activity level moderated treatment outcome, as individuals reporting lower levels of physical activity derived greater benefit than their high-activity counterparts. These results suggest the potential utility of incorporating chest pain control strategies into comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs.

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Citation: J Psychosom Res. 1994 Jul;38(5):409-18. Link to article on publisher's website

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