Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Richard Ketai


The importance of mind, emotion, and behavior as they relate to the heart, particularly coronary artery disease, is growing in recognition. A review of the research shows increasingly sophisticated demonstrations of links unifying heart function and mind. "Psychocardiology" would be an appropriate term for the diverse areas of interest which focus on the psychosocial correlates of heart disease. This paper illustrates this concept through a review of psychosocial and behavioral aspects of coronary artery disease.