Heart and Mind: Contemporary Issues in Cardiac Psychology

This video on-demand series highlights the critical role of psychological science in understanding, preventing and treating cardiac events. Taught by leading psychologists and cardiologists, this five-part series covers:

Module 1

Intro to Cardiac Psychology
Presenter: Robert Allan, PhD

CE Credits: 3

This module will distill the epidemiology on the “big three” psychosocial risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD): depression, social isolation and anger/hostility. Newer putative risk factors for CHD (i.e., post-traumatic stress disorder, vital exhaustion and job strain) will be discussed as will cardiac denial, the tendency to minimize or outright deny the significance of cardiac symptoms. Special issues related to women, minorities and lower socioeconomic status will be presented.

Module 2

The Basics of Cardiology: A Whirlwind Tour of Cardiology for the Psychologist
Presenters: Robert Allan, PhD; Jeffrey Fisher, MD; and David Krantz, PhD

CE Credits: 2

In this module, Jeffrey Fisher, MD, discusses the current understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology of coronary artery disease. He also discusses arrhythmias, heart failure and psychocardiac disorders such as “soldier's heart” and Tako-Tsubo (broken heart) syndrome. David Krantz, PhD, shares his wisdom for the practical application of psychological principles to cardiology.

Module 3

Depression and Heart Disease
Presenters: Robert Allan, PhD; Peter Kaufmann, PhD; and Matthew Burg, PhD

CE Credits: 1.5

In this module, Peter Kaufmann, PhD, and Matt Burg, PhD, share important lessons learned from the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD) study, the largest clinical trial in behavioral medicine.

Module 4

Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions for Cardiac Patients
Presenters: Robert Allan, PhD; Dean Ornish, MD; Greg Neimeyer, PhD; Gunilla Burell, PhD; and Samuel Sears, PhD

CE Credits: 3

This module describes an innovative program that has demonstrated regression of coronary atherosclerosis, and the complex issues involved in psychotherapy for patients who have received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). It also discusses the controversy surrounding the type A behavior pattern.

Module 5

Practical Applications of Cardiac Psychology
Presenters: Robert Allan, PhD; Ellen Dornelas, PhD; Kristina McGuire, PsyD; Matthew Burg, PhD; and Paul Kligfield, MD

CE Credits: 1.5

In this module, some of the most experienced practitioners join to discuss cardiac psychology for both research and practice in the rapidly evolving, high-tech world of cardiology.