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Psychological Factors and Heart Disease 

Psychological Factors and Heart Disease
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Psychological Factors and Heart Disease
Author(s):

Susanne S. Pedersen

, Nina Kupper

, and Johan Denollet

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199566990.003.035
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date: 22 August 2019

Patients diagnosed with heart disease often experience emotional distress due to the life-threatening nature of their disease and are faced with functional impairments that may influence quality of life. In turn, these psychological manifestations interfere with adherence to treatment and increase the risk for mortality and morbidity. The risk incurred by psychological factors is of equal magnitude to that of standard risk factors, including somatic indicators of disease severity, such as left ventricular dysfunction....

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