Characteristics of Dispositional Mindfulness in Patients With Severe Cardiac Disease

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Elena Salmoirago Blotcher

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Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine

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Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Psychological Phenomena and Processes


The characteristics of dispositional mindfulness have rarely been explored in unhealthy populations. The authors sought to evaluate its association(s) with psychological morbidity and disease severity in 30 outpatients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators who were naïve to mindfulness training. They used the Five Facets of Mindfulness and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale to measure dispositional mindfulness and anxiety/depression, respectively. Associations were estimated using linear regression models. Higher dispositional mindfulness was observed in patients with lower anxiety scores (β = -1.10, CI = -1.71, -0.49) and no history of depression (β = -7.95; CI = -14.31, -1.6) by univariate analysis. No associations were observed with disease severity or other covariates. In conclusion, psychological well-being and psychological morbidity, and not disease severity, appear to be associated with dispositional mindfulness in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Further research is needed to confirm these findings.


dispositional mindfulness, cardiovascular disease, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, mindfulness training

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J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2011 Oct;16(3):218-225. DOI:10.1177/2156587211405525. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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