Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology

Pages: 510
Item #: 4316750
ISBN: 978-1-55798-356-5
List Price: $39.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $34.95
Copyright: 1996
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

This edition is no longer for sale. However, the Second Edition is available.

Clinical trials have demonstrated that psychosocial intervention with patients who have coronary heart disease (CHD) may reduce morbidity and help patients achieve better quality of life. Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology explores these findings and how they can be applied to improve the prognosis for patients with CHD. This interdisciplinary volume is the first practical guide for professionals — in medicine or psychology — who want to understand the human behavior–cardiac health link and build a practice in the promising new field of cardiac psychology.

Heart and Mind is comprehensive, offering a thorough and up-to-date review of the science supporting the heart–mind link, practical suggestions for developing a practice, directions for future research, and an overview of strengths and weaknesses of the field. This first single sourcebook for a career in cardiac psychology will be welcomed by psychologists psychiatrists, cardiologists, internists, exercise physiologists, cardiac nurses, and other specialists as well as by social workers and primary care physicians.

Table of Contents





I. Introduction to Cardiac Psychology

  1. Introduction: The Emergence of Cardiac Psychology
    —Robert Allan
  2. A Whirlwind Tour of Cardiology for the Mental Health Professional
    —Stephen Scheidt
  3. Empirical Basis for Cardiac Psychology
    —Robert Allan and Stephen Scheidt
  4. Is There a Need for Cardiac Psychology? The View of a Practicing Cardiologist
    —Jeffrey Fisher
  5. Coronary Atherosclerosis: Description, Manifestations, and Prevention
    —William Clifford Roberts
  6. Diagnosis of Type A Behavior Pattern
    —Meyer Friedman, Nancy Fleischmann, and Viriginia A. Price
  7. The Cardiac Psychology of Women and Coronary Heart Disease
    —Sue C. Jacobs and Jane B. Sherwood
  8. Psychological Issues and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
    —Jeffrey P. Gold

II. Clinical Trials

  1. The Lifestyle Heart Trial: Comprehensive Treatment and Group Support Therapy
    —James H. Billings,Larry W. Scherwitz, Rick Sullivan, Stephen Sparler, and Dean M. Ornish
  2. Reducing Type A Behavior Patterns: A Structured-Group Approach
    —Paul E. Bracke and Carl E. Thoresen
  3. Group Psychotherapy in Project New Life: Treatment of Coronary-Prone Behaviors for Patients Who Have Had Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
    —Gunilla Burell

III. Clinical Technique and Intervention

  1. The Hook: A Metaphor for Gaining Control of Emotional Reactivity
    —Lynda H. Powell
  2. Treatment of Time Pathologies
    —Diane K. Ulmer and Leonard Schwartzburd
  3. The Relaxation Response: Use With Cardiac Patients
    —Richard Friedman, Patricia Myers, Sharon Krass, and Herbert Benson
  4. Exercise and the Patient With Coronary Heart Disease
    —Richard A. Stein
  5. Psychopharmacology and Cardiac Disease
    —Katayoun Tabrizi, Andrew Littman, Redford B. Williams, Jr., and Stephen Scheidt
  6. The Patient in the CCU Waiting Room: In-Hospital Treatment of the Cardiac Spouse
    —Marianne Delon

IV. Cardiac Psychology in Practice

  1. Getting Started: On Becoming a Cardiac Psychotherapist
    —Peter Halperin
  2. Conclusions, Treatment Goals, and Future Directions
    — Robert Allan, Stephen Scheidt, and Thomas G. Pickering


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors