Preparing for and Recovery from Surgery
The emotional journey each patient experiences leading up to—and recovering from—cardiac surgery brings a wide range of emotions and stressors. We work with patients to help them improve their coping, make informed decisions, and teach them ways to ask their family and friends for support during this challenging time.
Patients who focus on the big picture and celebrate each milestone have the most positive outcomes. Experts on the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine team teach patients how to communicate their needs effectively, focus on areas that are within their control, and use relaxation techniques like meditation and distraction to reduce stress.
Patients with cardiovascular disease may experience stress, depression or anxiety, and may benefit from changing lifestyle behaviors. We also offer guidance on recovery from a cardiac event.
Whether you’re still receiving inpatient treatment at the hospital or you have returned home after surgery, our team is there for you every step of the way.
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).