Psychological and behavioral contributions to rehabilitation and recovery in heart disease

David M. Clarke, Dinali N. Perera, Melissa F. Casey

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From time immemorial, the mind and the body have been closely linked, and research continues to show a high association of depression and anxiety with heart disease. Depression is a risk factor for heart disease as well as risk for poor recovery after a cardiac event. The Whole Person Model described here integrates thinking about thoughts, emotions, bodily symptoms, and health behaviors, and can form the foundation of a powerful rehabilitation or disease management program. For real functional recovery to occur, patients need to take control of their lives, and for this to occur considerable behavioral change is often required. Integrating psychological care with physical health care will facilitate this.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Psychocardiology
EditorsMarlies E. Alvarenga, Don Byrne
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789812872067
ISBN (Print)9789812872050
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Depression and anxiety
  • 5A's approach
  • Behavior and behavior change
  • Cardiac rehabilitation and recovery
  • CDSM. See Chronic disease self-management (CDSM)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative care
  • Definition
  • Diet
  • Diet and smoking
  • Education
  • Education programs
  • Effectiveness of
  • Exercise
  • ICD patients, treatment of
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Recovery and cardiac rehabilitation
  • See cardiac rehabilitation and recovery
  • Smoking
  • Strategies
  • Stress management
  • Telephone delivery of
  • Telephone- and web-based interventions
  • Type A behavior
  • Weight loss programs
  • Whole person model

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