Stress and Cardiovascular Disease

Stress and Cardiovascular DiseaseStress and Cardiovascular Disease is edited by Paul Hjemdahl, Annika Rosengren and Andrew Steptoe and published by Springer.

An increasing body of evidence indicates that psychological stress and cardiovascular diseases are intertwined more closely than initially suspected about 4-5 decades ago. In fact, many clinical and epidemiological studies have documented the link between psychological stress and cardiovascular disease.

Stress and Cardiovascular Disease provides an up to date survey of research, highlighting the clinical implications of physiological and population studies of stress.

Each chapter addresses a particular aspect of this exciting field of basic and clinical research.  This multidisciplinary volume will serve as an aid to physicians in their management of stress-related issues in cardiac patients and high-risk individuals.

The main aim of this book is to evaluate the concept of stress and provide tools for physicians to identify patients who might benefit from stress management. This will incorporate a detailed description of the physiological and pathophysiological consequences of acute and chronic stress that might lead to cardiovascular disease.

The book aims to critically evaluate interventional research (behavioral and other therapies) and provides evidence based recommendations on how to manage stress in the cardiovascular patient. The book defines and highlights stress as an etiological factor for cardiovascular disease, and describes an evidence based “tool box” that physicians may use to identify and manage patients in whom stress may be an important contributing factor for their disease and their risk of suffering cardiovascular complications.

Some chapters of this book are listed below:

  • Social Stress and Cardiovascular Disease in Primates
  • Cardiovascular and Autonomic Responses to Stress
  • Sympathetic Neural and Adrenal Medullary Mechanisms in Depression and Panic Disorder
  • Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal Axis and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stress, Inflammation, and Coronary Heart Disease
  • Stress Cardiomyopathy
  • The Causal Role of Chronic Mental Stress in the Pathogenesis of Essential Hypertension
  • The Psychological Treatment of Cardiac Patients

Paperback: 404 pages; Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (23 Nov. 2014).

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