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Integrative cardiology-state of the art of mind body therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease and risk factors

1 Cardiologic Pediatric Unit, Service of Pediatrics, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago, Spain
2 Metabolic Unit, Service of Neonatology and Pediatrics, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago, Spain

Special Issues: Integrative Cardiology—State of the art of Mind Body Therapies for the treatment of Cardiovascular Disease and risk factors

Mind-body therapies are a heterogeneous group of interventions that seek to improve multiple aspects of somatic health by focusing on interactions between mental factors and physiological functions. There is a growing interest in modern Western culture in these forms of alternative medicine. Most of these therapies exert their effects via stress control. Induction of the relaxation response via neurohormonal, endocrine and immunological pathways may have beneficial effects in a variety of conditions, including oncological, neuropsychiatric and cardiovascular pathologies. Several randomized controlled trials have produced promising results, supporting a complementary role of mind-body therapies for both the prevention and treatment of the most prevalent cardiovascular problems.
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