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Effective anxiety treatment prior to diagnostic cardiac catheterization.

16 Feb
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton reviewed the literature to see which complementary therapies can effectively reduce anxiety before diagnostic cardiac catheterization. The article cites music therapy, massage, guided imagery, therapeutic touch and stress management instruction as modalities that have been used successfully to decrease patient anxiety prior to diagnostic cardiac catheterization, providing better patient outcomes.

The article suggests that the anxiety has various causes, including not feeling cared about as an individual, too much waiting time before the procedure begins and physical discomfort.

Citation: McCaffrey R, Taylor N. Effective anxiety treatment prior to diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Holistic Nursing Practioner. 2005 Mar-Apr; 19 (2): pages 70-3. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award