Document Type


Associated Faculty

Sean Sibley

Sponsoring Academic Department

Graduate Nursing


Sean Sibley

Kelley Strout

Publication Date


Abstract/ Summary

Mindful Hearts: Enhancing Well-Being in Cardiac Rehabilitation


Following a cardiac event, especially among patients with diverse cardiac conditions such as myocardial infarction (MI), cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure (CHF), and those who have undergone coronary angioplasty and stenting, many individuals experience heightened levels of depression and anxiety. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) offer potential benefits for individuals undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, addressing both mental health and overall well-being. While traditional approaches focus primarily on physical recovery, integrating MBIs into cardiac care protocols acknowledges the importance of holistic healing. This review aimed to assess the impact of MBIs, particularly Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), on psychological resilience and quality of life among patients with cardiac disease. Through a comprehensive review of relevant literature MBIs, including MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), demonstrated efficacy in reducing anxiety, depression, and fatigue while enhancing self-efficacy and overall quality of life among cardiac patients. Shorter or adapted versions of MBIs also prove effective, showcasing their flexibility and adaptability in diverse clinical settings. The synthesis of findings underscores the importance of integrating MBIs into comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs to improve patient outcomes. Moreover, this study highlights the pivotal role of healthcare providers, particularly family nurse practitioners (FNPs), in advocating for the incorporation of MBIs into cardiac care. By aligning evidence-based practice with patient-centered care, FNPs can enhance the overall well-being of cardiac patients.


pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)