Cardiac Psychology Specialty

Cardiac Psychology

Benefits of Working With a Cardiac Psychologist

Cardiac psychologists are behavioral health specialists who support the heart health of your patients by reducing the stress that can impact cardiac health, treating the anxiety or trauma response that can follow a major cardiac event, and reducing the symptoms of depression that can be associated with cardiac disease or surgery. We also support patients and their families as they manage distress, adjust to illness, and increase resiliency and adaptive coping strategies. We strive to be an integral part of the treatment team, working alongside our physician colleagues to provide holistic care, improve treatment outcomes, and enhance patients’ quality of life.

Cardiac Psychology Resources

Understanding the Relationship Between Heart & Mind For Health and Well-being - Blog

When doctors discover cardiac issues like heart disease or an increased risk of heart attack, patients often face mental health challenges in addition to the physical hurdles they have to overcome.

The relationship between heart disease and mental disorders - Peer-Reviewed

De Hert M, Detraux J, Vancampfort D. The intriguing relationship between coronary heart disease and mental disorders. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2018 Mar;20(1):31-40. doi: 10.31887/DCNS.2018.20.1/mdehert. PMID: 29946209; PMCID: PMC6016051.

Cardiac Psychology Patient Handout

Cardiac Psychologists are behavioral health providers who are trained to support patients with heart disease to help minimize associated risk factors. Research reveals approximately 33-45% of all cardiac patients experience significant depressive symptoms. View the entire handout below.

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