Behavioral Health Consultation for Coronary Heart Disease

  • Richard P. Schobitz
  • Laura L. Bauer
  • Erik P. Schobitz

Coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease, is the most common cause of heart attacks. There are a number of causes for coronary heart disease, and many of them are related to psychological factors and lifestyle habits. In this chapter, we will discuss the role of a behavioral health consultant in working to mediate the risk for coronary heart disease or to help treat those who have already developed this condition. We will begin with an overview of coronary heart disease. This will include a description of the disease, risk factors, methods of screening used by physicians, and terminology that a behavioral health consultant will likely hear when working with patients of coronary heart disease. This overview will not be comprehensive; instead it is meant to help behavioral health consultants to better understand coronary heart disease and improve their ability to effectively communicate in the primary care setting. The chapter will then focus on specific behavioral...


Primary Care Coronary Heart Disease Smoking Cessation Primary Care Physician Behavioral Health 
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  • Richard P. Schobitz
  • Laura L. Bauer
  • Erik P. Schobitz

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