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Cardiac Behavioral Medicine - S.M.A.R.T. Heart

Many people who live with heart disease or experience a cardiac event (like a heart attack or stroke) feel stress, anxiety or depression afterward. Because these feelings can slow the healing process, at Northwestern Memorial's Cardiac Behavioral Medicine team we believe the emotional—not just the physical—wellbeing of our patients is critical.

The S.M.A.R.T. Heart (Stress Management and Recreational Therapy for Heart Patients) program offers inpatient services for patients preparing or recovering from cardiac events.

S.M.A.R.T. Heart

S.M.A.R.T. Heart is a comprehensive inpatient effort giving patients access to a lounge area with computers, DVD players, books, games and music. By creating a supportive atmosphere filled with fun distractions and helpful resources, S.M.A.R.T. Heart helps to:
  • Reduce emotional consequences of surgery that can lead to poor recovery and prognosis
  • Offer new techniques for coping and managing stress, minimizing the physiological effects of negative emotions
  • Increase the presence of social support, humor, music and the arts—all of which can improve healing
  • Improve quality of life and emotional functioning during prolonged hospitalizations

Team Approach to Cardiac Behavioral Medicine

Kim L. Feingold, PhD, director of Cardiac Behavioral Medicine, Gail M. Osterman, PhD, and Paul Goetz, PhD, specialize in helping patients and their families adjust to a diagnosis and cope with challenges throughout the course of treatment.

Contact Us Today

To schedule an evaluation or inquire about services regarding Cardiac Behavioral Medicine through the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, please call 866-662-8467
Last UpdateApril 26, 2013