Preventing Illness among People with Coronary Heart Disease / Edition 1

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Overview

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death and illness in the United States, and though much progress has been made in reducing cardiac risk factors, obesity and diabetes mellitus are on the rise. Preventing Illness Among People With Coronary Heart Disease explores recent advances in drug treatments for CAD risk factors and how these interventions can play an important role in improving the length and quality of patients’lives by addressing health behaviors and the need for behavioral change. This advanced text shows readers how mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and alcoholism interplay with patients’physical health and how certain interventions can improve patients’outlook and health status.

Preventing Illness Among People With Coronary Heart Disease brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines to address subjects critical to secondary and tertiary preventive care for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). This outstanding volume concentrates on studies from three major areas to help primary care practitioners and family practice physicians intervene successfully with risky behaviors among their patients prone to or afflicted with coronary artery disease. These include the effects of heart disease on patients’mental health and quality of life and the role of formal behavioral interventions in promoting health among patients with heart disease.

Readers of Preventing Illness Among People With Coronary Heart Disease acquire a solid understanding of the factors influencing CAD patients’behavioral patterns and mental states and how the prevalence of CAD can be reduced. Among the vital topics readers learn about are:

  • the effects of alcohol upon CHD and blood pressure
  • CHD risk factors in the elderly
  • exercise interventions
  • coping strategies and cardiac illness
  • strategies for assessment and prevention
  • smoking and cardiovascular disease

    Preventing Illness Among People With Coronary Heart Disease seeks to provoke greater discussion and scientific activity among professionals in the field to improve understanding of the interplay of mental health, physical health, and behavioral medicine for patients with heart disease. Primary care practitioners, family practice physicians, medical students, and others interested in preventive cardiology, preventive care, or chronic disease management will learn about recent advances in research and treatment approaches that can be applied immediately to daily practice.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: James J. Foody, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a 200-page hardcover collection of nine monographs by various authors on illness prevention in patients with coronary heart disease.
Purpose: The editors want to stimulate discussion and scientific activity on the interplay of mental health, physical health, and behavioral intervention for coronary heart disease patients. Insofar as there is broad consensus that such an interplay exists, stimulating scientific activity is a worthy goal.
Audience: No reader audience is specified by the editors. Given the selection of authors and the style of writing, it is clearly targeted toward behavioral-oriented readers.
Features: There are no illustrations; there are a handful of tables and a few graphs. References seem to be pertinent, although most are from papers and books published from 1988-1990. The table of contents could have been more useful if it had divided chapters by the areas described in the foreword: (1) effects of mental health on physical health, (2) effects of physical health on mental health, (3) role of behavioral interventions on promoting health. The index is more complete with respect to finding authors cited than finding subjects.
Assessment: The heuristics of behavioral science are very different from the rest of biological science. This contrast will cause most physicians to find the discussions in this book less than rigorous. Nevertheless, prevention of illness in any group of people (those with coronary disease are addressed in this volume) is a worthy venture. Cross fertilization of behaviorism with other medical disciplines would surely benefit patients. This particular book may be used as a starting point for interested physicians and scientists to begin to access some of the knowledge base of behavioral medicine.
James J. Foody
This is a 200-page hardcover collection of nine monographs by various authors on illness prevention in patients with coronary heart disease. The editors want to stimulate discussion and scientific activity on the interplay of mental health, physical health, and behavioral intervention for coronary heart disease patients. Insofar as there is broad consensus that such an interplay exists, stimulating scientific activity is a worthy goal. No reader audience is specified by the editors. Given the selection of authors and the style of writing, it is clearly targeted toward behavioral-oriented readers. There are no illustrations; there are a handful of tables and a few graphs. References seem to be pertinent, although most are from papers and books published from 1988-1990. The table of contents could have been more useful if it had divided chapters by the areas described in the foreword: (1) effects of mental health on physical health, (2) effects of physical health on mental health, (3) role of behavioral interventions on promoting health. The index is more complete with respect to finding authors cited than finding subjects. The heuristics of behavioral science are very different from the rest of biological science. This contrast will cause most physicians to find the discussions in this book less than rigorous. Nevertheless, prevention of illness in any group of people (those with coronary disease are addressed in this volume) is a worthy venture. Cross fertilization of behaviorism with other medical disciplines would surely benefit patients. This particular book may be used as a starting point for interested physicians and scientists to begin to access some of the knowledge baseof behavioral medicine.
Booknews
Researchers from various disciplines explore recent advances in drug treatments for coronary artery and coronary heart disease CHD risk factors and in the understanding of how mental health interplays with physical health. Topics include the effects of alcohol use reduction on CHD and blood pressure, psychosocial support for cardiac illness, and smoking cessation following a cardiac rehabilitation program. For primary care and family practice physicians and medical students. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword

  • The Effects of Alcohol Use Reduction Upon Coronary Heart Disease and Blood Pressure
  • The Paradoxical Effects of CHD Risk Factors in the Oldest Old
  • Social Support, Coping Strategies, and Psychosocial Adjustment to Cardiac Ilness: Implications for Assessment and Prevention
  • Prevention of Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
  • The Effect of Intensive Coronary Risk Reduction on Psychosocial and Health-Related Quality of Life Responses
  • Preventive Care for Patients with Coronary Heart Disease: A Review of Changing Technology
  • Exercise Interventions for Older Adults with High Blood Pressure: From Efficacy to Adherence
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Review of Psychosocial and Quality of Life Outcomes
  • Smoking Cessation Following a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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