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.
- 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