Contributions Toward Evidence-Based Psychocardiology: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Pages: 373
Item #: 4318028
ISBN: 978-1-59147-358-9
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Copyright: 2007
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Although there is extensive research on the psychosocial factors that influence the etiology, progression, and effective treatment of coronary heart disease (CHD), these findings are seldom applied in clinical situations. There are several possible reasons for this, including the questionable quality of some of the research, and a lack of productive dialog between psychologists and physicians. This book aims to correct that situation.

The chapters in this volume are based on a systematic meta-analysis of the international literature by 40 German scientists who convened to evaluate the research and discarded all but the highest quality data on psychological aspects of CHD. The result is a collection of chapters that synthesize the most significant findings and indicate productive avenues for intervention and further research.

Among the topics covered are: chronic emotional distress in the workplace; psychodynamic research on the etiology, course, and treatment of CHD; smoking cessation—risk reduction and evaluation of interventions; physical inactivity as a risk factor and treatment models; anxiety and depression in CHD patients; type A behavior and hostility as risk factors; chest pain, angina pectoris, panic disorder, and Syndrome X; psychosocial aspects of heart catheterization, coronary angiography, and coronary angioplasty; and stress management, relaxation, and Ornish groups. Summarizing tables are included in the book and in an accompanying website. This book will be an important reference work for health psychologists who work with CHD patients, researchers, and cardiologists and other medical professionals.

Table of Contents


Introduction: A New Scientific Discipline
—Jochen Jordan and Benjamin Bardé

  1. Sociological Aspects of the Development and Course of Coronary Heart Disease: Social Inequality and Chronic Emotional Distress at the Workplace
    —Reiner Rugulies and Johannes Siegrist
  2. Psychodynamic Hypotheses on the Etiology, Course and Psychotherapy of Coronary Heart Disease: 100 Years of Psychoanalytic Research
    —Jochen Jordan and Benjamin Bardé
  3. Smoking Cessation in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease: Risk Reduction and an Evaluation of the Efficacy of Interventions
    —Jürgen Barth and Jürgen Bengel
  4. Psychosocial Interventions to Influence Physical Inactivity as a Risk Factor: Theoretical Models and Practical Evidence
    —Wolfgang Schlicht, Martina Kanning, and Klaus Bös
  5. Anxiety and Depression in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease
    —Christoph Herrmann-Lingen and Ullrich Buss
  6. Type A Behavior and Hostility as Independent Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease
    —Michael Myrtek
  7. Chest Pain, Angina Pectoris, Panic Disorder, and Syndrome X
    —Kurt Laederach-Hofman and Nadine Messerli-Buergy
  8. Psychosocial Aspects of Coronary Catheterization, Angiography, and Angioplasty
    —Jochen Jordan and Claudia Lazanowski
  9. Psychological Interventions for Coronary Heart Disease: Stress Management, Relaxation, and Ornish Groups
    —Wolfgang Langosch, Hans-Günter Budde, and Wolfgang Linden
  10. Cardiac Rehabilitation From a Health Systems Analysis Perspective
    —Gesine Grande and Bernhard Badura


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Jochen Jordan, PhD, Dipl.-Psychologist, worked from 1975 through 2006 at the Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy in the hospital of the University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany. He is now director of Germany's first clinic devoted to psychocardiology, the Kerckhoff Clinic, Bad Nauheim, Germany. He has studied education science and psychology at the University of Gießen, Gießen, Germany, and the University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. He has won awards for the promotion of scientific work from the Deutsche Herzstiftung and for the promotion of scientific cardiac work from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Prävention und Rehabilitation von Herz-Kreislauferkrankungen (German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Heart and Circulatory Diseases). Other areas of specialization include psychodynamic individual and group therapy, therapy of couples with sexual functional disorders, and body therapy. His primary working areas are in psychocardiology, coping, and the process of psychotherapy.

Benjamin Bardé, PhD, Dipl.-Psychologist, Dipl.-Sociologist, practices psychoanalysis in Frankfurt, Germany. He has studied philosophy, sociology, and psychology and has received postgraduate training in behavior therapy, psychoanalysis, and group therapy. His areas of research interest have included psychocardiology, psychotherapy, trauma (posttraumatic stress disorder), analysis, and development of social organizations.

Andreas Michael Zeiher, PhD, MD, obtained his medical degree in 1981 after studying at the Medical School at Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany. His medical training continued in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, where he became associate professor of medicine in 1990 and was the director of interventional cardiology from 1990 to 1995. Since 1995, Dr. Zeiher has held the position of Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine in the Division of Cardiology/Nephrology/Angiology at the J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. He is also currently the vice chairman of the board of directors at J. W. Goethe University and is the past chairman of the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology. His research is focused on novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for coronary artery disease, including identification of innovative biomarkers for disease activity and clinical application of regenerative cardiovascular therapies using stem cells. He has published more than 200 original papers.

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