Psychological Treatment of Cardiac Patients

Psychological Treatment of Cardiac Patients

by Matthew M. Burg

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Chronic heart disease impacts more than 17 million Americans, and lifestyle and mental health problems are major contributors to the everyday burden of this disease. In this brief yet thorough primer, Matthew Burg -- an expert in the psychosocial aspects of cardiovascular medicine -- provides mental health practitioners with the foundational knowledge they need to understand and work with cardiac patients.
Burg describes how psychologists can help cardiac patients adjust to their conditions, for example by changing unhealthy behaviors and coping with invasive medical interventions, including surgeries and implantable devices. He also introduces readers to specific assessment and intervention methods that can be applied to a variety of comorbid psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety, sleep dysregulation, and sexual dysfunction. Special attention is given to the role that family and other social networks play in the development and treatment of heart disease. Burg also uses the palliative care model to illustrate how clinicians can provide relief to patients facing end-of-life dilemmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433828294
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 12/18/2017
Series: Clinical Health Psychology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 187
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

I Overview of Heart Disease for the Mental Health Professional 9

Chapter 1 An Overview of Heart Disease for the Mental Health Professional 11

Chapter 2 Etiology and Sociocultural Factors Related to Heart Disease 27

Chapter 3 Medical Treatment of Heart Disease 39

II Common Conditions Treated in Behavioral Cardiology 57

Chapter 4 Assessment and Treatment of Depression 59

Chapter 5 Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety 79

Chapter 6 Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Dysregulation 95

Chapter 7 Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction 109

Chapter 8 Social Support and the Impact of Coronary Heart Disease on the Family 121

Chapter 9 Addressing End-of-Life Cardiac Care 137

III Future Directions 147

Chapter 10 Integrating Psychological and Medical Aspects of Cardiac Care 149

References 157

Index 173

About the Author 185

About the Series Editor 187

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