Behavior and Arteriosclerosis

  • J. Alan Herd
  • Stephen M. Weiss

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Emergence of Behavioral Medicine

    1. J. Alan Herd
      Pages 1-8
  3. Biobehavioral Research Relating to Arteriosclerosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
  4. Etiology and Pathogenesis of Arteriosclerosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Redford B. Williams Jr.
      Pages 27-31
    3. Floyd E. Bloom, J. Alan Herd
      Pages 33-43
    4. S. Leonard Syme, Teresa E. Seeman
      Pages 55-71
    5. Robert S. Eliot
      Pages 73-80
  5. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Rehabilitation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Redford B. Williams Jr.
      Pages 83-86
    3. L. Howard Hartley
      Pages 111-116
  6. Prevention of Arteriosclerosis

  7. Resources, Manpower, and Training Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
  8. Summary: Biobehavioral Perspectives in Coronary Arteriosclerosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 185-192

About this book


During the past decade, cardiovascular medicine has made significant strides in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease and related disorders as well as developing a better understanding of potential preventive, risk-reduc­ ing measures. Highly sophisticated diagnostic instrumentation, surgical pro­ cedures, and emergency medical care have undoubtedly contributed greatly to the trend of declining mortality from cardiovascular events. In the course of the extensive research efforts associated with this area, it has become increas­ ingly apparent that the identified coronary risk factors share the common ele­ ment of lifestyle as a major determiner of health behaviors associated with these factors. Further, it is suspected that behavioral and environmental factors may playa significant contributory role toward the etiology and progression of arteriosclerosis through their effects on the central and peripheral nervous sys­ tems and associated neurohormonal response. Considerable research effort has been devoted to identifying the risks asso­ ciated with smoking, elevated blood pressure, and serum cholesterol. Research development and modification is being vigorously pursued. Behavioral research exploring the role of psychological stress factors, social support networks, stressful life events, and the Type AlB behavior patterns has uncovered poten­ tially meaningful associations between behavioral factors and arteriosclerosis, as discussed in the succeeding chapters of this book.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. Alan Herd
    • 1
  • Stephen M. Weiss
    • 2
  1. 1.The Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA
  2. 2.National Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteBethesdaUSA

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