Psychosocial factors: role in cardiac risk and treatment strategies.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Recent epidemiologic research has identified several psychosocial factors that impact unfavorably on prognosis among patients with established coronary heart disease (CHD). Several biologic and behavioral characteristics have been identified in patients with these psychosocial risk factors that are biologically plausible mediators of their adverse impact on prognosis. Several small-scale clinical trials offer encouraging evidence that both behavioral and pharmacologic interventions have the potential to ameliorate the health-damaging effects of psychosocial risk factors in patients with CHD. In this article we review the evidence on these points and offer recommendations as to how incorporation of this new knowledge into clinical care of the patient with CHD can lead to reduced mortality and morbidity rates in this population.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Williams, RB; Littman, AB

Published Date

  • February 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 97 - 104

PubMed ID

  • 9072294

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-8651

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0733-8651(05)70263-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands