Psychological Factors and Heart Disease

Susanne S. Pedersen, Nina Kupper and Johan Denollet

in The ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine

Second edition

Published on behalf of © European Society of Cardiology

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566990
Published online August 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199572854 | DOI:
Psychological Factors                   and Heart Disease

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Patients diagnosed with heart disease often experience emotional distress due to the life-threatening nature of their disease and are faced with functional impairments that may influence quality of life. In turn, these psychological manifestations interfere with adherence to treatment and increase the risk for mortality and morbidity. The risk incurred by psychological factors is of equal magnitude to that of standard risk factors, including somatic indicators of disease severity, such as left ventricular dysfunction....

Chapter.  16995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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