Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Thomas Mohr


Myocardial Infarction -- psychology; Myocardial Infarction -- rehabilitation


Cardiac rehabilitation is the process of the development and maintenance of a desirable level of physical, social, occupational, and psychological functioning after the onset of cardiovascular illness. The scope of cardiac rehabilitation has evolved from what first began as strict bed rest to now a complete multidimensional approach including many health disciplines. The psychological aspects of rehabilitation have become just as integral as the physical components. Regaining a sense of control through a process of emotional adjustment is one of the important factors of psychological rehabilitation after a myocardial infarction.

The purpose of this study is to first examine different aspects of control and address how the issue of control drives the adjustment process. Secondly, this review of the literature will include a description of the four stage adjustment process itself and define different areas within each stage. It is intended that this paper will aid physical therapists in providing a more comprehensive treatment for patients who have suffered a myocardial infarction.