That cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America is widely known. Gaining in understanding is the role of the D personality—characterized by chronic anxiety, depression, and negative emotions—as a risk factor in recurring cardiac problems and early death. Yet while behavior-based treatment references are available to clinicians in other specialties, few exist for cardiologists.
Stress Proof the Heart presents a general picture of behavioral cardiology focusing in depth on critical specifics. Leading experts in the field explore the psychological aspects of living with arrhythmia, , heart failure, and transplant, relating them to hallmark D such as pessimism and the feeling of overcommitment. Mainstream treatments, such as stress management and smoking cessation, and emerging interventions such as computer-based therapies and personality-based , are discussed at length for a well-rounded look at what works and what is promising. Among the topics covered:
- Psychological challenges of living with coronary artery disease.
- Psychological of patients with heart failure.
- Interventions in the context of the D personality.
- Managing sleep problems cardiac patients.
- Exercise as medicine for cardiac patient.
- Integrative treatment models for behavioral cardiology.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I. Psychological Challenges of Heart Disease.
- 1. Introduction.
- 2. Psychological Challenges of Coping with Coronary Artery Disease.
- 3. Sudden cardiac arrest: a biopsychosocial approach to patient management of ventricular fibrillation and implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
- 4. Atrial Fibrillation: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Patient Management.
- 5. Psychological Management of the Patient with Heart Failure.
- 6. Psychiatric symptoms, personality profile and Takotsubo syndrome: Clinical considerations.
- 7. Psychological Aspects of Cardiac Transplantation.
Part II. Psychological Interventions for Cardiac Patients.
- 8. Anxiety and depression: Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
- 9. Interventions in the Context of the Distressed (Type D) Personality.
- 10. Stress Management with Cardiac Patients.
- 11. The Effects of Meditation and Yoga on Cardiovascular Disease.
- 12. Job Stress and Overcommittment in Cardiac Patients.
- 13. Managing Sleep Problems Among Cardiac Patients.
- 14. Exercise as Medicine for Cardiac Patients.
- 15. Approaches to Smoking Cessation in a Cardiovascular Population.
- Advances in Cardiac Psychology: Computerized Therapies.
- Behavioral Cardiology: Toward the Development of Integrated Treatment Models.