BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6358 (Published 26 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6358

Forgiving can soothe the soul and bring about cardiovascular benefits. Blood pressure and heart rate were measured in 202 people while they were thinking about a previous offence from an angry or forgiving perspective, or while they were distracted. After a further five minutes of distraction, participants all ruminated freely on the offence. Compared with angry rumination, forgiveness significantly stopped fluctuations in blood pressure both initially and some time later, potentially offering sustained cardiac protection. Distraction resulted in only transient benefits. Heart rate did not differ between groups (Psychosomatic Medicine 2012;74:745-50, doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31825fe96c).

Brachytherapy (internal radiotherapy) that uses liquid β emitting rhenium-188 to treat in-stent stenoses of the femoropopliteal segment is safe and effective in preventing the long segment stents from clogging up again after one episode of obstruction has been unblocked (Journal of Endovascular Therapy 2012;19:467-75). In a trial, consecutive patients with symptomatic in-stent stenosis of the femoropopliteal segment …

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