Mindful Heart Study



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Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH


Prabhjot Nijjar, MD; Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN; Ruth Lindquist, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN; David Benditt, MD; John Connett, PhD; Aaron Pergolski, MA, RCEP; Marsha Burt, MS/CES, RCEP


Currently, doctors recommend that people who have had a heart attack, heart failure, or other coronary event/procedure complete cardiac rehabilitation, which is exercise-based. Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation has proven benefits. However, many people decide not to or are unable to complete the rehabilitation program. These programs also do not typically provide evidence-based tools or strategies to help patients manage symptoms of stress, depression, or anxiety that often accompany their heart condition. In this pilot study, the University of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services are partnering to examine how a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course affects heart patients who have been recommended for a traditional cardiac rehabilitation program.

Participants that enroll in the study will be randomly assigned into one of two groups: one that completes an MBSR program and one that does not. They will do 3 in-person assessments, and 1 phone assessment over 9 months. All participants will receive stress management resources and be compensated for their time in the study. Study recruitment will begin in summer of 2016.

Supporting Documents

Mindful Heart Study brochure

For more information, please email: mindfulhearts@umn.edu or call (612) 301-1653.

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier NCT02722213

IRB Study Number 1603M85502


This study is funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota through a Grant in Aid of Artistry, Research, and Scholarship and by a Clinical Research Services Pilot Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Minnesota. The CTSI is supported by Grant No. 1UL1RR033183 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and Grant No. UL1 TR000114 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The University of Minnesota CTSI is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium created to accelerate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.