Operant Conditioning of Heart Rate in Patients with Premature Ventricular Contractions

  title={Operant Conditioning of Heart Rate in Patients with Premature Ventricular Contractions},
  author={T. Weiss and B. T. Engel},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  • T. Weiss, B. T. Engel
  • Published 1973
  • Medicine
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • &NA; Operant conditioning of heart rate (HR) was carried out in 8 patients with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). All of the patients showed some degree of HR control. Five of these patients showed a decrease in PVCs in association with the learning of HR control. Four patients have shown persistence of a low PVC frequency after study, the longest followup being 21 months. Pharmacologic studies suggested that decreased PVC frequency was mediated by diminished sympathetic tone in 1… CONTINUE READING
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