Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
Research shows that the mind and body are strongly linked. Patients with cardiovascular disease often experience increased stress and changes in emotional functioning throughout the course of diagnosis and treatment. In fact, two out of every five cardiac patients experience symptoms of clinical depression.
Emotional wellbeing is key for patients with heart disease, because depression and stress can slow healing and increase the chances of a future cardiovascular event. At Northwestern Memorial, our Cardiac Behavioral Medicine team offers inpatient and outpatient services, as well as monthly support groups for heart transplant patients.
A Variety of Options
Cardiac Behavioral Medicine approaches heart disease from a number of angles, and we offer tailored treatment in seven different areas:
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Various support groups are available through Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
Team Approach to Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
Kim L. Feingold, PhD, director of Cardiac Behavioral Medicine, Gail M. Osterman, PhD, and Paul Goetz, PhD, specialize in helping patients and their families adjust to a diagnosis and cope with challenges throughout the course of treatment. Their techniques include strategies that encourage behavior change, improve coping strategies, minimize stress, reduce emotional distress, help with extended hospitalizations, and prepare for an upcoming procedure or surgery.
Our team educates patients about the role of emotions and stress in their cardiovascular health. We teach them new ways of relaxing and coping to minimize harm from daily stress and hassles, and we address lifestyle behavior changes in a supportive setting to help patients achieve the sometimes-challenging goals of quitting smoking, losing weight or sticking with a new exercise regimen.
To schedule an evaluation or inquire about services regarding Cardiac Behavioral Medicine through the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, please call 312-NM-HEART (664-3278).