Psychological Aspects of Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Elizabeth L. Cay
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 4)


Psychological interest in ischaemic heart disease was initially almost entirely limited to the role of psychological factors in aetiology. By 1943 Dunbar had outlined a specific personality type that was said to be prone to develop the disease. Friedman and Rosenman developed this further with their definitions of personality type A, characterised by drive, ambition and impatience, which they reported was associated with an excess risk of coronary heart disease before the age of 60. Other workers have failed to confirm this and current opinion is that, as yet, there is no definitive evidence of the existence of “the coronary personality”.


Myocardial Infarction Heart Attack Cardiac Rehabilitation Cardiac Patient Psychological Aspect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth L. Cay
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  1. 1.Astley Ainslie HospitalEdinburghScotland, UK

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