Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology, Second Edition

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Since the seminal book Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology was first published in 1996, the research linking psychosocial factors with heart disease has expanded enormously. This second edition distills this research, providing chapters by the world's foremost authorities on the major psychosocial risk factors linked with heart disease, including depression, social isolation and anger, as well as several emerging factors, such as "Type D" (distressed) personality, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder and vital exhaustion. Clinical interventions involving stress reduction, exercise and Transcendental Meditation are also explored.         
Learning Objectives
  • Explain how the heart and mind are linked, and how emotional, psychological and physical aspects are inherently interrelated.
  • Specify psychocardiac disorders and pathophysiologic mechanisms.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of current and recent research on heart and mind by leaders in the field.
  • Describe unmodifiable and modifiable or medically treatable risk factors of heart disease.
  • List the psychosocial risk factors for coronary heart disease.
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