Does Stress Reduction Change the Levels of Cortisol Secretion in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease?
2009 (English)In: JOURNAL OF CARDIOPULMONARY REHABILITATION AND PREVENTION, ISSN 1932-7501, Vol. 29, no 5, 314-317 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE: It has been shown that behavioral therapy has effects on Stress behavior in patients with coronary artery disease Salivary cortisol measurements are widely used to assess psychological stress, stress reactivity or both The aim of this study was to investigate whether improved stress behavior in type A patients with coronary artery disease involved changes in cortisol secretion pattern METHODS: Twenty-four male patients were identified as type A individuals and completed a 12-month cognitive-behavioral stress management program Stress behavior was evaluated by using a validated questionnaire Morning and evening salivary cortisol levels were measured over 3 consecutive clays at baseline and after 12 months. RESULTS: Although the patients showed a significant improvement in psychosocial well-being after 12 months, their basal cortisol levels of diurnal rhythm of cortisol did not change There was no Correlation between stress score and cortisol levels CONCLUSIONS. The value of salivary cortisol as both a stress marker and a new cardiovasular risk factor has been discussed but the data from this small Pilot Study raise the question of its utility as a stress marker in cardiac rehabilitation
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 29, no 5, 314-317 p.
coronary artery disease, cortisol, stress, type A behavior
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-51390DOI: 10.1097/HCR.0b013e3181ac785fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-51390DiVA: diva2:274595