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Psychosocial Stress and Cardiovascular Disease in Women - Concepts, Findings, Future Perspectives
Kristina Orth-Gomr
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Not long ago, it was assumed that coronary heart disease mainly--or only--affected men. Now that CHD is recognized as a leading killer of women as well as men, numerous research studies have been made of its diverse presentations in women, causal factors, and possibilities for prevention and treatment.

The expert contributions to Psychosocial Stress and Cardiovascular Disease in Women span the results of this cross-disciplinary awareness. This progressive resource takes a three-dimensional approach to its subject, focusing on epidemiology and risk factors for heart disease in women, the psycho- and neurobiology of stress and coronary disease, and promising clinical interventions. Chapters identify and analyze multiple intersections of social, biological, and psychological factors in affecting women's heart health, from the social dimensions of depression to genetic/environmental interactions to the demands of balancing work and family. These wide-ranging findings will assist and motivate professionals in choosing and creating interventions, developing appropriate prevention strategies, and reducing gender-based disparities in health care. Among the topics covered:

  • Enhancing women's heart health: a global perspective.
  • Coronary heart disease in women: evolution of our knowledge.
  • Gender observations on basic physiological stress mechanisms in men and women.
  • Sleep as a means of recovery and restitution in women.
  • LifeSkills training: benefiting both genders, for different reasons.
  • Gender considerations in psychosocial-behavioral interventions for coronary heart disease.

In particular this book will be helpful for cardiologists and other clinicians who may ask themselves why patients do not seem to make rational choices. "Why do patients not follow the advice they are offered?" is a common complaint. The role of psychosocial stress for patient compliance and adherence can be traced throughout the volume. It is emphasized in the chapters on psychosocial interventions along with other tangible and conceptual suggestions and experiences with psychosocial stress and life style change. Psychosocial Stress and Cardiovascular Disease in Women offers a deep practical level of understanding of this epidemic to help expand the work of health and clinical psychologists, sociologists, cardiologists, primary care physicians, and epidemiologists.

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Kristina Orth-Gomr MD, PhD, is professor and director of the Unit for Social Factors and Health at the Karolinska Institutet. She holds a clinical appointment at the Seraphimer Hospital, Karolinska Institutet. From 1991, with cardiology colleagues, she has conducted the Stockholm Studies on Psychosocial Risk factors in Women, the first comprehensive, longitudinal study on women, stress and cardiovascular disease. Viola Vaccarino, MD is professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine. Neil Schneiderman, PhD is the James L. Knight Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. He has been the principal investigator of multiple NIH programs sponsored by the NHLBI including the Miami Field Center of the Hispanic Community Health Study, the Miami Clinical Center of the enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD) randomized clinical trial, and a 35 year duration institutional research training grant on biobehavioral bases of cardiovascular disease. Hans-Christian Deter, MD is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Humboldt University in Berlin. His research focuses on development of new psychosomatic outpatient treatment procedures for physically ill patients; course control studies on therapeutic outcome after outpatient and inpatient psychosomatic treatment; and physiologic studies on the differentiation of treatment results in asthma and coronary heart disease patients.

"The book Psychosocial Stress and Cardiovascular
Disease in Women: Concepts, Findings, Future Perspectives presents a thorough
overview of the research related to heart disease and women. … This book
appears to be the only book dedicated to the subject of cardiovascular disease
in women, and, therefore, it offers the most comprehensive view of the area. … book
is a stellar contribution to work on cardiovascular health in women, and it
would be a valuable resource for professionals in this field." (Elaine A.
Burke, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (46), November, 2015)

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