The majority of risk factors for heart disease can be reduced, including lifestyle choices like smoking, diet and exercise. The experts on our Cardiac Behavioral Medicine team work with patients to make sure they have the best information on changing lifestyle behaviors—and help each patient meet their goals for changing them.
If you’re having trouble sticking with a diet or quitting smoking, we have experts who can tailor a program just for you—whether you’re still receiving inpatient treatment at the hospital or you’re ready to make changes at home. We work with all patients to create a unique program that improves their health and quality of life.
Patients with cardiovascular disease may also experience depression or stress. We also offer guidance on recovery from a cardiac event and help with preparing for and recovering from surgery.
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.
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To schedule an evaluation or inquire about services regarding Cardiac Behavioral Medicine through the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, please call 312-NM-HEART (664-3278).