Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Foundations of Cardiac Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Don Byrne, Marlies E. Alvarenga
      Pages 3-12
    3. Murray Esler, Rosemary Schwarz
      Pages 13-20
    4. Bo Xu, Michael Stokes, Ian Meredith
      Pages 21-44
    5. Christopher Reid, Alice Owen
      Pages 45-64
    6. Shalini Arunogiri, Dan Lubman
      Pages 119-140
  3. Stress, Psychopathology, and Cardiovascular Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Unni Karin Moksnes, Geir Arild Espnes
      Pages 143-162
    3. Anna C. Phillips
      Pages 163-177
    4. Arup Kumar Dhar, Gavin William Lambert, David Anthony Barton
      Pages 179-189
    5. Don Byrne, Lisa Olive, Rohan Telford
      Pages 191-211
    6. Lisa Olive, Don Byrne, Richard Telford, Walter Abhayaratna, Rohan Telford
      Pages 213-227
    7. Roger Bartrop, Thomas Buckley, Geoffrey H. Tofler
      Pages 229-246
    8. Marlies E. Alvarenga, Don Byrne
      Pages 247-263
    9. Viola Vaccarino, J. Douglas Bremner
      Pages 265-282
    10. Julie Zarifeh, Roger Mulder
      Pages 283-302
    11. Don Byrne, Geir Arild Espnes
      Pages 317-334
    12. Matthew T. Naughton
      Pages 335-359
    13. Murray Esler
      Pages 361-374
    14. Ilan S. Wittstein
      Pages 375-406
    15. Massimo Chessa, Fatma Aboalsoud Taha
      Pages 407-437
    16. Edward Callus, Emilia Quadri
      Pages 439-451
    17. Gautam Vaddadi, Marlies E. Alvarenga
      Pages 475-485
    18. Alyna Turner, Adrienne O’Neil
      Pages 487-509
    19. Barbara M. Murphy, Rosemary O. Higgins, Alun C. Jackson
      Pages 511-531
    20. Magdalena Anna Lazarewicz, Dorota Wlodarczyk, Geir Arild Espnes
      Pages 533-550
    21. Marra G. Ackerman, Peter A. Shapiro
      Pages 567-584
    22. Kathryn M. Bruce, Gregory W. Yelland, Julian A. Smith, Stephen R. Robinson
      Pages 585-628
  4. Personality, the Social Environment, and Cardiovascular Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 629-629
    2. George D. Bishop
      Pages 631-643
    3. Geir Arild Espnes, Don Byrne
      Pages 645-664
    4. Geir Arild Espnes, Camilla Nguyen, Don Byrne
      Pages 685-700
    5. Kristina Orth-Gomér
      Pages 701-712
    6. Steinar Krokstad, Erik R. Sund, Linda Ernstsen, Jostein Holmen
      Pages 727-743
  5. Psychology and Cardiovascular Biology: The Linking Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 745-745
    2. Gavin Wiliam Lambert, Murray Esler
      Pages 747-758
    3. Yrsa Bergmann Sverrisdóttir
      Pages 759-768
    4. Richard Bayles, Assam El-Osta
      Pages 789-805
    5. Sarah Cohen-Woods, Kaitlin Nicole Harkess
      Pages 807-830
    6. Marcel Adriaanse, Frans Pouwer
      Pages 831-847

About this book


This handbook brings together the full weight of contemporary evidence bearing on what is now commonly termed “psycho-cardiology”. It focuses on the role of psycho-social factors in the genesis and clinical management of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The book constitutes a critically reviewed compendium of current knowledge in the area, coupled with guides to evidence-based best practice in the field of psycho-cardiology.  The following categories are covered: Social/demographic risk for CVD, Personality and CVD risk, Stress and CVD risk, Psychopathology (particularly affective disorders) and CVD risk, The psychological management of those with clinical CVD, Psychology in the prevention of CVD. The book integrates the evidence into a compelling argument that clinicians, researchers and those in public health will discount the role of psychological factors in regard to CVD at their own peril. And importantly for clinicians charged with the care of patients with CVD, the book poses the argument that failure to recognize the links between psychological factors and CVD may well be at the considerable peril of those patients under their care.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Marlies E. Alvarenga
    • 1
  • Don Byrne
    • 2
  1. 1.Monash Cardiovascular Research CentreMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.ANU Medical SchoolAustralia National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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