Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
Research shows that the mind and body are strongly linked. Patients with cardiovascular disease often experience increased stress and changes in emotional functioning throughout the course of diagnosis and treatment. In fact, two out of every five cardiac patients experience symptoms of clinical depression.
A Variety of Options
- S.M.A.R.T. Heart (Stress Management and Recreational Therapy for Heart Patients), a comprehensive inpatient offering. A supportive atmosphere offers distractions and techniques for managing stress—and improving the healing process.
- Treatment of depression, which is common in cardiovascular patients and when left untreated, can lead to increased hospitalizations and even death.
- Anxiety treatment, which helps cardiac patients deal with feelings of loss of control. We help patients reduce symptoms like loss of sleep, irritability and fatigue, all of which slow the healing process.
- Stress reduction, which is essential to good cardiac health. The physical symptoms of stress—including high blood pressure and heart rate—can lead to heart disease and heart attacks.
- Modification of lifestyle behaviors, which include following a healthy diet and quitting smoking. We know change can be hard, so we offer instruction and guidance on learning new habits.
- Preparing for and recovery from surgery. Experiencing a life-changing event like heart surgery causes many new emotions and challenges. Our team is with patients every step of the way to ensure a successful healing process.
- Recovery after a cardiac event. A heart attack isn’t just a shock to your body; it can affect many areas of your life and wellbeing. We work with patients on strategies to cope with stress and negative emotions—and make a plan for a healthy future.
Team Approach to Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
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.