Understanding the interplay between the heart and the mind

An article in the current issue of Cornell University’s alumni magazine features Dr. Jeffrey Fisher, a Manhattan-based cardiologist who co-edited “Heart and Mind: The Practice of Cardiac Psychology.” The second edition of the book was released last year, and is a comprehensive summary of the existing research on the link between psychosocial factors and heart disease. 

“People who have depression and anxiety need to be treated for it as much as they need to be treated for high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” Fisher told Cornell Alumni Magazine.

During his interview with the magazine, Fisher emphasized the critical need to know the emotional states of his patients to best treat not the outward symptoms, but the underlying contributing causes.

In the last decade, the idea of “cardiac psychology” has become more commonplace and its importance better recognized. The American Heart Association now recommends depression screening for cardiac patients. Polaris Health Directions has been at the forefront of developing technology to support routine psychosocial screening, assessment and monitoring for cardiac patients. You can learn more here.