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Integrating the Management of Psychosocial and Behavior Risk Factors into Clinical Medical Practice

  • Alan RozanskiEmail author
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Abstract

Coronary heart disease (CHD) constitutes the leading cause of death in Western societies and is increasingly prevalent in developing nations. Advances in modern medical treatment for CHD has helped to tame the clinical consequences of heart disease, but the overall prevalence of CHD risk factors remains very high in society and is increasing in epidemic proportion for obesity and diabetes, both among adults and children. Hence, a high prevalence of CHD is predicted for well into the twenty-first century. It is apparent, therefore, that the development of better strategies for reducing the overall risk burden for CHD has become necessary.

Keywords

Psychosocial risk factors Behavioral risk factor Chronic stress Negative emotions Stress management Coronary artery disease 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiology Fellowship Training Program, Department of Medicine, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital CenterColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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