Depression and anxiety in the cardiac patient : the need for a comprehensive cardiac psychology approach.

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Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

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Master of Medical Humanities


The need for the practice of cardiac psychology is supported by research proving the connection between depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular disease. Cardiac psychology would be a logical addition both for its dimensions of healing as well as its usefulness in decreasing readmissions among the cardiac patient population. The psychological underpinnings of heart disease need to be addressed with the same vigor as its physiology using all of the parameters of medical and psychological knowledge. In the future, the education needed to accrue the specific knowledge utilized by cardiac psychology should come from a truly dedicated health psychology program that focuses on a dualist biomedical/psychosocial approach. This endeavor could reshape the humanities approach to health and healing.