Research: AI and colleagues, Uni

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AI and colleagues, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA explored complementary therapies pursued by patients following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and its relation to psychological recovery, especially postoperative distress.



151 patients completed two questionnaires regarding post-CABG Surgery depression, general distress, health-care practice thereafter, perceived social support and chronic conditions other than cardiac disease. Additional cardiac, surgical and demographic data were obtained from medical records. Structural equation modelling tested the hypothesis that patients health-care practices improved their psychological adjustment following CABG.


85% of the sample practised complementary health approaches, in particular prayer, exercise and lifestyle-diet modification. The number of other chronic illness were strong predictors of post-CABG depression and general distress.


Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery who pursued complementary approaches, especially exercise and prayer, had improved psychological recovery.


Ai AL et al. Psychological recovery from coronary artery bypass graft surgery: the use of complementary therapies. J Altern Complement Med 3(4): 343-53. Winter 1997.


The next bit of research I would like to see conducted is a study regarding the effect of practising lifestyle/diet modifications and complementary health practises upon the prevention of coronary heart disease.

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