Psychocardiology: Advancing the Assessment and Treatment of Heart Patients

Jade Dyer, Neil Beck


Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and can be effectively improved using a variety of behavioural and psychosocial interventions. Despite wide support for the inclusion of psychological interventions in cardiac rehabilitation programs, it has been indicated that these services are often poorly promoted and underutilized. Furthermore, while programs may frequently employ psychological techniques, they are most often not implemented by psychologists. This article aims to review the most recent research into key psychological issues in cardiology and their relevance to treatment in clinical practice. The application of theory and best practice guidelines for cardiac care in the Australian healthcare system is discussed.

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Psychocardiology; Health Psychology; Cardiac; Rehabilitation; Healthcare; Psychosocial

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ISSN 1832-7931
Swinburne University of Technology