Mobile Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback as a Complementary Intervention After Myocardial Infarction : a Randomized Controlled Study
|Faculty/Professorship:||University of Bamberg ; Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment|
|Author(s):||Limmer, Anja ; Laser, Martin; Schütz, Astrid|
|Publisher Information:||Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität|
|Year of publication:||2021|
|Source/Other editions:||International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 10 (2021). - ISSN: 1532-7558|
|is version of:||10.1007/s12529-021-10000-6|
|Licence:||Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International|
Background: To enhance effective prevention programs after myocardial infarction (MI), the study examined the effects and feasibility of mobile biofeedback training on heart rate variability (HRV-BF).
Methods: Forty-six outpatients aged 41 to 79 years with a documented MI were randomized to HRV-BF versus usual care. Generalized estimating equations (GEE) analyses were performed to test improvements in measures of short- and long-time HRV, namely, the standard deviation of the normal-to-normal intervals (SDNN) and well-being after 12 weeks of HRV-BF.
Results: There were intervention effects for short-time HRV (d > 0.4, p < 0.04), which were partly replicated in the GEE models that accounted for control variables: In the HRV-BF group, the high frequency HRV (group x time interaction: β = 0.59, p = 0.04) compensated for significantly lower baseline levels than the group with usual care. In an optimal dose sample (on average two HRV-BF sessions a day), SDNN significantly increased after HRV-BF (p = 0.002) but not in the waitlist control group. Compensatory trends of HRV-BF were also found for high-frequency HRV and self-efficacy. No adverse effects of the intervention were found but neither were effects on long-time HRV measures.
Conclusion: The results showed the feasibility of self-guided HRV-BF for almost all post-MI patients. HRV-BF as an adjunctive behavioral treatment increased HRV, which is an indicator of lower cardiovascular risk, and self-efficacy, which suggests heightened psychological resilience. These benefits warrant confirmation and tests of sustainability in larger studies.
|GND Keywords:||Herzinfarkt; Herzfrequenzvariabilität; Biofeedback; Sekundärprävention|
|Keywords:||Myocardial Infarction, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, Secondary Prevention, Risk factors, Self-Efficacy|
|DDC Classification:||610 Medicine & health|
|RVK Classification:||YB 9515|
|Release Date:||30. July 2021|
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