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Stress and Cardiovascular Disease

Stress can be positive or negative, and refers to any situation that poses a challenge or threat to our wellbeing. Stress causes physical symptoms that slow healing and cause strain to the cardiovascular system. These include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Shrinking blood vessels
Chronic stress can lead to the development of coronary artery disease and acute stressors may trigger a cardiac event.
But stress can be manageable. Experts on the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine team help patients learn how to react to stressful events in a more positive way, reducing symptoms and promoting healing behaviors.
Patients with stress related to their cardiovascular disease may also experience depression or anxiety, and may benefit from changing lifestyle behaviors. We also offer guidance on recovery from a cardiac event and help with preparing for and recovering from surgery.

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