Summary: Biobehavioral Perspectives in Coronary Arteriosclerosis

  • J. Alan Herd


The influence of behavioral processes on arteriosclerosis is evident in pathogenesis of the basic process, management of clinical manifestations, and prevention of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Recent progress in all these areas has come from interdisciplinary research in which the interactions between physiological and behavioral processes have been explored. Basic neurobiologic studies have indicated mechanisms whereby behavioral processes influence metabolic and hemodynamic processes. Principles of behavior analysis have revealed basic determinants of human behavior in reduction of cardiovascular disease. Development approaches toward behaviors related to cardiovascular disease have achieved some success in reducing incidence of addictive cigarette smoking in youngsters. Finally, comprehensive community programs for control of cardiovascular risk factors have been successful in reducing incidence of cardiovascular disease. Thus, the record shows that a substantial proportion of our recent progress in basic knowledge, management, and prevention of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease has been the result of progress in biobehavioral research.


Coronary Heart Disease Cigarette Smoking Behavioral Process Social Support Network High Cholesterol Diet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Alan Herd
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  1. 1.Sid W. Richardson Institute for Preventive MedicineThe Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA

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