Stress Proof the Heart

Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients

  • Ellen A. Dornelas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Psychological Challenges of Heart Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ellen A. Dornelas
      Pages 3-7
    3. A. Garrett Hazelton, Samuel F. Sears, Evelio Rodriguez
      Pages 45-60
    4. Jonathan Gallagher, Adam Grimaldi
      Pages 61-91
    5. Ilan S. Wittstein, Riccardo Proietti, Angelo Compare
      Pages 93-117
    6. Brigitta Bunzel
      Pages 119-135
  3. How Fusion Works and What It Can Do

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Angelo Compare, Riccardo Proietti, Elena Germani, David Janeway
      Pages 139-166
    3. Aline J. Pelle, Krista C. van den Broek, Johan Denollet
      Pages 167-197
    4. Carrie Lukens, Dicle Turkoglu, Matthew M. Burg
      Pages 199-221
    5. Sonia Suchday, Maria Dziok, Miriam Katzenstein, Erica Kaplan, Michelle Kahan
      Pages 223-248
    6. En-Young Nicole Cho, Roland von Känel
      Pages 249-279
    7. Beth Parker
      Pages 319-344
    8. Min Sohn, Kawkab Shishani, Ayako Okada, Erika Sivarajan Froelicher
      Pages 345-372
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 401-408

About this book


Ellen A. Dornelas Editor

Stress Proof the Heart

Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients


That cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America is widely known. Gaining in understanding is the role of the type D personality—characterized by chronic anxiety, depression, and negative emotions—as a risk factor in recurring cardiac problems and early death. Yet while behavior-based treatment references are available to clinicians in other specialties, few exist for cardiologists.


Stress Proof the Heart presents a general picture of behavioral cardiology while focusing in depth on critical specifics. Leading experts in the field explore the psychological aspects of living with arrhythmia, intracardiac device, heart failure, and heart transplant, relating them to psychological characteristics such as pessimism and the feeling of overcommitment. Mainstream treatments, such as stress management and smoking cessation, and emerging interventions, such as computer-based therapies and personality-based techniques, are discussed at length for a well-rounded look at what works and what is promising. Among the topics covered:


• Psychological challenges of living with coronary artery disease.

• Psychological treatment of patients with heart failure.

• Interventions in the context of the type D personality.

• Managing sleep problems in cardiac patients.

• Exercise as medicine for cardiac patients.

• Integrative treatment models for behavioral cardiology.


Filling a growing need in the literature, Stress Proof the Heart is a unique source of practical ideas and clinical examples for health and clinical psychologists, nurses, and allied professionals providing behavioral care to cardiac patients.


Anxiety Arrhythmia Atrial fibrillation Behavioral cardiology CBT Cardiac arrest Cardiac rehabilitation Cardiovascular disease Cognitive behavioral therapy Coronary artery disease Depression End-stage heart disease Guided imagery Heart attack Heart disease Heart failure Heart health Heart transplantation ICD Implantable cardioverter defibrillator Meditation Myocardial infarction Personality type Personality-guided therapy Sedentary lifestyle Sleep disorder Smoking Stress Type D personality VAD Ventricular assist device distressed cardiac patient

Editors and affiliations

  • Ellen A. Dornelas
    • 1
  1. 1.Henry Low Heart CenterHartford HospitalHartfordUSA

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