Psychological and psychosocia aspects of HF

Miriam Johnson, Karen Hogg, James Beattie and Max Watson

in Heart Failure

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Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199299300
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740787 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

Psychological and psychosocia aspects of HF

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Psychological problems are more common in people with concurrent physical diseases than in the general population. Patients with heart failure have to cope with sequential losses. Whilst most people cope with most things most of the time using ways of coping that have stood them in good stead over the years, others fail to adjust, or find that their previous ways of dealing with difficult circumstances are now less robust, and anxiety and depression may ensue.

Social issues are crucial but often overlooked. They can have a big impact on whether someone is able to be cared for and die in their own home. This chapter looks at ways people cope with heart failure, the consequences of poor coping, and the issues relating to anxiety and depression.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Cardiovascular Medicine

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