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

Pages: 524
Item #: 4316131
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1013-8
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Copyright: 2012
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Although advances in science and technology have reduced the number of deaths from infection, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers, coronary heart disease remains the largest cause of death and disability worldwide. Factors such as high cholesterol, hypertension, family history, and diabetes are well-known risk factors, but research also links numerous psychosocial factors with heart disease.

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.

This volume will appeal to a wide range of psychological and medical professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychotherapists, cardiologists, internists, primary care physicians, exercise physiologists, and cardiac nurses.

Table of Contents



  1. The Evolution of Cardiac Psychology
    Robert Allan

I. Overview of Cardiology, Psychocardiac Disorders, and Pathophysiologic Mechanisms

  1. A Whirlwind Tour of Cardiology
    Jeffrey Fisher and Stephen S. Scheidt
  2. Psychocardiac Disorders
    Jeffrey Fisher and Dorothea Collins
  3. Psychosocial Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease: Pathophysiologic Mechanisms
    David S. Krantz, Kerry S. Whittaker, and David S. Sheps
  4. Triggers of Myocardial Infarction and Sudden Cardiac Death
    Murray A. Mittleman and Elizabeth Mostofsky

II. Psychosocial Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease

  1. Depression and Coronary Heart Disease: Diagnosis, Predictive Value, Biobehavioral Mechanisms, and Intervention
    Willem J. Kop and Jordan E. Plumhoff
  2. Social Support and Coronary Heart Disease
    Susan M. Czajkowski, S. Sonia Arteaga, and Matthew M. Burg
  3. Anger, Hostility, and Aggressiveness in Coronary Heart Disease: Clinical Applications of an Interpersonal Perspective
    Timothy W. Smith and Emily K. Traupman
  4. Type D Personality in Patients With Cardiovascular Disorders
    Johan Denollet and Susanne S. Pedersen
  5. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Myocardial Infarction or Cardiac Surgery
    Leonard A. Doerfler and John A. Paraskos
  6. Work-Related Psychosocial Factors and Heart Disease
    Chantal Brisson, Corine Aboa-Eboulé, Isabelle Leroux, Mahée Gilbert-Ouimet, Michel Vézina, Renée Bourbonnais, and Elizabeth Maunsell
  7. Type A Behavior Pattern
    Robert Allan
  8. Anxiety
    Julie A. Kolzet and Matthew Inra
  9. Vital Exhaustion
    Laurie Nash and Elina Spektor
  10. Cardiac Denial and Delay in Treatment for Myocardial Infarction
    Debra K. Moser, Kathleen Dracup, and Jia-Rong Wu
  11. Gender Differences in Psychosocial Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Disease
    Thomas Rutledge, Viola Vaccarino, Leslee J. Shaw, and C. Noel Bairey Merz

III. Clinical Cardiac Psychology

  1. A Look at Women With Coronary Heart Disease and the Stockholm Women's Intervention Trial in Coronary Heart Disease
    Kristina Orth-Gomér
  2. Transcendental Meditation for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease
    David Orme-Johnson, Vernon A. Barnes, and Robert Schneider
  3. The Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease Patients (ENRICHD) Study
    Matthew M. Burg, and Susan M. Czajkowski
  4. Comprehensive Lifestyle Intervention and Group Support
    James Vizza
  5. Helping Heart Patients Thrive
    Wayne M. Sotile
  6. Innovations in Psychosocial Care for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients
    Samuel F. Sears, Melissa Matchett, Lauren D. Vazquez, and Jamie Beth Conti
  7. Exercise for the Prevention and Treatment of Depression in the Patient with Coronary Heart Disease
    Richard A. Stein
  8. Observations of a Clinical Cardiac Psychologist
    Robert Allan
  9. Conclusions and Future Directions
    Robert Allan and Jeffrey Fisher


About the Editors

Editor Bios

Robert Allan, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of psychology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. In 1983, with cardiologist Stephen S. Scheidt, MD, he cofounded the Coronary Risk Reduction Program at New York–Presbyterian Hospital. Since then, Dr. Allan has taught twice-weekly classes on the Step-Down Cardiac Care Unit, educating well over 10,000 patients and their family members. In addition, he leads the stress management programs at New York–Presbyterian Hospital's cardiac health centers.

Dr. Allan's practice specialty is the psychological treatment of cardiac patients; he has treated hundreds of cardiac patients in individual therapy and has conducted more than 2,500 support groups. In 1996, with coeditor Stephen S. Scheidt, he edited the first edition of Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology. He has written many journal articles and book chapters on cardiac psychology, including contributions to Braunwald's Heart Disease series. Dr. Allan is also the author of Getting Control of Your Anger; he had an extensive interview about anger with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America.

In 1982, Dr. Allan established the first stress reduction-support group for cardiac patients in the New York metropolitan area, at the Nassau County chapter of the American Heart Association. Subsequently, he led the first stress management program for officers and wives at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Allan earned his BA from Queens College of the City University of New York and his PhD in clinical psychology from New York University, after which he took a position playing keyboards in a band at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Subsequently, he studied music at the Juilliard School and has performed popular music around the United States and in Europe and Morocco. He is actively involved in music as a pianist, electric keyboardist, and composer and is currently completing a recording project with a number of celebrated jazz and classical musicians. His website is http://robertallanphd.com.

Jeffrey Fisher, MD, is clinical professor of medicine (cardiology) at the Weill Cornell Medical College and an attending physician at New York–Presbyterian Hospital. He graduated with an AB with "distinction in all subjects" from Cornell University (College of Arts and Science) in 1972. He double majored in biology (neurobiology and behavior) and psychology (physiological psychology) and was an undergraduate teaching assistant for Professor James Maas's famous "Introduction to Psychology–Psych 101," Professor William Lambert's "Theories of Personality," and Professor Parker Marden's "Sociology of Medicine."

Anticipating a career as a psychiatrist, he attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he became enamored with internal medicine, specifically cardiology. He deferred graduating from Einstein after 3 years to spend a year doing laboratory research with Drs. Edmund Sonnenblick and Edward Kirk, presenting his research at the American Heart Association meeting in 1975. After graduating with honors, he completed his internship and residency at Einstein and did his cardiovascular fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Dr. Fisher joined the faculty of Cornell Medical College in 1981 as an invasive cardiologist and began private practice in 1989. He has continued to teach and write, and he has authored and/or coauthored original articles and reviews on cardiovascular anatomy and physiology; coronary, valvular, and congenital heart disease; pulmonary hypertension; cardiogenic shock; cardiac tumors; metabolic cardiopulmonary disease; cardiac psychology; and medical history. He has served as a cardiologist to both the New York City fire and police departments.

Dr. Fisher has been the recipient of numerous academic scholarships, awards, and honors. His coediting of this book, and cowriting Chapter 3 ("Psychocardiac Disorders") has taken him full circle to his long-standing interest in how the psyche affects the soma.