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January 26, 2004

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This week shows some new studies on posttraumatic stress and heart attack; the development of a new, one-stop open heart recovery unit; and imagery helping with labor & delivery..
Greetings, all.

Most of us associate posttraumatic stress with combat, rape, collisions, assault and natural disasters, but it is also connected with surgery, ICU stays and heart attacks.

Two very recent studies examine the relationship between having had a heart attack and developing posttraumatic stress. It looks like after 7 months, about 16% of heart attack patients have PTSD. Another study shows that, 4-6 weeks after a first heart attack, 22% have evidence of PTSD (although it’s too early to call it that), as compared to the 7% in the general population. For more specific findings, check out our Hot Research page.

We also got a really good question this week, from a nurse developing a one-stop open heart recovery unit, who asks about the value of looking at artwork specifically designed to increase the effectiveness of a guided imagery experience. You can find the question and the answer on our Ask BR page.

Our Inspiring Story this week is from friends of my daughter, a lovely couple who used imagery every day during pregnancy, and throughout labor and delivery. I got a huge kick out of their description of their experience, and I hope you do too.

OK, take care and be well.

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