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Psychological Treatment of Cardiac Patients

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Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States and worldwide. Psychosocial factors affect both the onset and outcome of CHD. Psychologists are in a unique position to have an impact on CHD patients’ quality of life, disease progression, and perhaps even mortality. This article describes the process and issues encountered in such treatment.

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Robert Allan, PhD, has been on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital in the Division of Cardiology since 1983. He co-authored, with two prominent cardiologists, the two volumes of Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association in 1996 and 2012 Dr. Allan led the first stress management program for officers and wives at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has lectured around the United States, in Canada, Italy, Austria, China, Israel, and Greece. In addition to cardiac psychology, the term he coined for the APA books, Dr. Allan’s other passion is music: He plays piano, electronic keyboards, and composes original music. Website: Robertallanphd.com

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Allan, R. Psychological Treatment of Cardiac Patients. J Health Serv Psychol 45, 72–78 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03544683

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