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Heart Disease
Skala, Judith A., Kenneth E. Freedland and Robert M. Carney
Hogrefe Publishing / Softcover / 2005-08-01 / 0889373132
Empirically Based Therapy / Mind & Body
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Despite the stunning progress in medical research that has been achieved over the past few decades, heart disease remains the leading cause of death and disability among adults in many industrialized countries. Behavioral and psychosocial factors play important roles in the development and progression of heart disease, as well as in how patients adapt to the challenges of living with this illness. This volume in the series Advances in Psychotherapy provides readers with a succinct introduction to behavioral and psychosocial treatment of the two most prevalent cardiac conditions, coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure. It summarizes the latest research on the intricate relationships between these conditions and psychosocial factors such as stress, depression, and anger, as well as behavioral factors such as physical inactivity and non-adherence to cardiac medication regimens. It draws upon lessons learned from a wide range of studies, including the landmark ENRICHD and SADHART clinical trials. It then goes on to provide practical, evidence-based recommendations and clinical tools for assessing and treating these problems. Heart Disease is an indispensable treatment manual for professionals who work with cardiac patients. --- from the publisher

From the reviews:

"The guide offered by Skala, Freedland, and Carney provides a useful tool in the implementation of [recent]... important findings. It makes a very beneficial contribution to bridging potential gaps and is likely to make treatment in both biomedical and psychological realms more pertinent to the lives of heart patients.
"Every now and then, academic practitioners communicate in a clear, straightforward manner, and these authors have managed the task exceptionally well.
"Readers will find an extremely useful guide that can be repeatedly mined as a valuable resource.
"The volume, part of the series Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Practice, is designed for practitioners who may be called on to help patients with coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure. Psychotherapists will appreciate the short tutorials on key medical terms and how to find additional scholarly articles specific to them. The page design and text layout make it easy to identify key points through the use of bolding and notations in the margins. Additional checklists, tables, and references make this volume especially useful. Where other texts might be ponderous or obtuse, this one cuts straight to the chase.
Cheryl B. Travis in PsycCRITIQUES, February 8, 2006 Vol. 51 (6), Article 9

Table of Contents:

1 Description
1.1 Terminology
1.1.1 Heart Disease
1.1.2 Psychiatric Disorders and Psychosocial Problems in Heart Disease
1.2 Definitions
1.2.1 Heart Disease
1.2.2 Psychiatric Disorders in Heart Disease
1.3 Epidemiology
1.3.1 Heart Disease
1.3.2 Psychiatric Disorders in Heart Disease
1.4 Course and Prognosis
1.4.1 Heart Disease
1.4.2 Course and Prognosis of Psychiatric Disorders in Heart Disease
1.5 Differential Diagnosis
1.5.1 Heart Disease
1.5.2 Psychiatric Disorders in Heart Disease
1.6 Comorbidities
1.6.1 Medical Comorbidities in Heart Disease
1.6.2 Comorbidity Among Psychiatric Disorders
2 Theories and Models of the Disorder
2.1 Depression
2.2 Anxiety
2.3 Anger, Hostility, and Type A Behavior
2.4 Stress
2.5 Low Perceived Social Support
2.6 Personality Characteristics
2.7 Relationships Among Psychosocial Risk Factors
3 Diagnosis and Treatment Indications
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Medical History and Diagnosis
3.3 Psychological Evaluation
3.3.1 General Guidelines
3.3.2 Psychiatric Disorders
3.3.3 Psychological Problems
3.3.4 Social/Interpersonal Problems
3.3.5 Health Behavior Problems
3.4 Prioritizing Problems and Needs
3.5 Referral Issues
4 Treatment
4.1 Methods of Treatment
4.1.1 Introduction
4.1.2 Psychotherapy
4.1.3 Pharmacotherapy
4.1.4 Working with Families and Significant Others
4.1.5 Working with Physicians and Other Health Care Providers
4.2 Mechanisms of Action
4.3 Efficacy and Prognosis
4.4 Combination Therapy
4.5 Problems in Carrying Out Treatment
5 Case Vignettes

6 Further Reading

7 References

8 Appendix: Tools and Resources
8.1 Overview
8.2 Dysfunctional Attitudes About Health
8.3 Techniques for Overcoming Depression
8.4 CBT Problem List
8.5 CBT Treatment Planning Table for Cardiac Patients

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