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Psychological Management of Patients with Heart Failure

  • Jonathan Gallagher
  • Adam Grimaldi

Abstract

Heart failure (HF) is a complicated clinical syndrome that is progressive in nature and restrictive of physical independence. This disease presents with an array of psychosocial challenges. Patients must adapt to a new way of living and learn to cope with HF and its clinical course, which is characterized by uncertainty. Adjustment to this condition is very difficult for many patients, and as a result, professional intervention is often indicated. A significant proportion of patients with HF suffer from depression and anxiety as they grapple with a life-changing diagnosis. From the perspective of the medical team, such comorbidities can lead to worsened clinical outcomes and poorer quality of life in patients with HF, but too often these conditions are overlooked and patients remain untreated. The present chapter will present some key pathophysiology and the epidemiology of HF and review what is currently known about the psychosocial experience of patients with HF. The clinical implications of addressing the psychological needs in this population – for achieving improvements in quality of life and overall improved patient outcome – will also be discussed.

Keywords

Heart Failure Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Heart Failure Patient Medical Team Illness Perception 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Gallagher
    • 1
  • Adam Grimaldi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBeaumont HospitalBeaumontIreland
  2. 2.University of Connecticut School of Medicine, John Dempsey HospitalFarmingtonUSA

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