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Am Heart J. 2004 Mar;147(3):E10.

Autogenic training reduces anxiety after coronary angioplasty: a randomized clinical trial.

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  • 1Complementary Medicine, Peninsula medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, United Kingdom.



Autogenic training (AT) is a method of autosuggestion with some potential for reducing anxiety. This study tests whether AT lowers anxiety levels experienced by patients undergoing coronary angioplasty.


Fifty-nine patients were randomly assigned to receive regular AT or no such therapy as an adjunct to standard care for 5 months. The primary outcome measure was State Anxiety at 2 months. Qualitative information was generated by face-to-face interviews.


State Anxiety showed a significant intergroup difference both at 2 and 5 months. This finding was corroborated by secondary outcome measures, for example, quality of life, and by qualitative information about patients' experiences. The results do not allow us to determine whether the observed effects are specific to AT or of a nonspecific nature.


Our results suggest that AT may have a role in reducing anxiety of patients undergoing coronary angioplasty.

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