WHAT IS CARDIOPSYCHOLOGY
Research has established the strong correlation between cardiac problems and psychological problems such as Anxiety, Depression, Stress, and Anger. The idea that a Type A person is more prone to have a heart attack is now a thing of the past whereas the amount of studies and data are more precise and far more revealing. It has necessitated the need for practitioners with specific skills derived from the field of psychology but synthesized through the needs and demands of cardiac prevention, treatment, and recovery. Thus forming its own discipline, Cardiopsychology.
PsyMed is the first, best destination for anyone who is facing a cardiac problem. You may be getting the finest cardiological care available and need to enhance it with the most comprehensive psychological adjunct to cardiac care there is. PsyMed is what has been missing from cardiac care for too long at the cost of patients struggling with fear, anxiety, and depression that certainly makes a full recovery harder than it needs to be and in some cases sends the patient back to the emergency room. This scenario need not happen and can be avoided making sure that the mind side of a cardiac problem is getting the equal care that the body side is.
It is estimated that by 2020 Depression will be the most debilitating disease worldwide behind only heart disease. Chronic depression can break down the body over time and lead to physical illness such as heart disease. While no one is suggesting that depression on its own is enough to cause a heart event, it is clear that it’s a contributing factor just as sure as smoking cigarettes can lead to cancer. We are finding that even mild amounts of depression can have a deleterious effect on the cardiac patient.
In years to come Anxiety could reach epidemic levels. It is prevalent in both genders and through all age groups. Research has proven that it has adverse effects on the immune system and contributes to heart disease in many ways from hypercoagulation to elevation of stress on the heart. During recovery anxiety must be treated. And because it is usually comorbid with depression it emphasizes the need to be treated by a practitioner with specific knowledge of the problem, the tools to diagnose it, and the abilities to treat it.