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Would going to a psychologist about stress relief help my coronary artery disease?

7 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Cardiology 27 years experience
It Could: It would definitively be beneficial as long as you deal with the other issues such as blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, cigarette avoidance and exercise as well. Many factors come together to affect you and taking care of emotional stressors is part of the whole package.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
A psychologist could help in stress reduction, however, it is far more important to make other life style changes in diet, exercise and may be adding medication through the advice of a physician
Jan 26, 2012
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Thoracic Surgery 49 years experience
It can: But preferably see a physician as stress relief can also be achieved with actually knowing whether you really have cad, its extent and severity, as well as risks including possible treatment options.
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Maybe: Therapists can help you learn to reduce your stress levels. High stress levels cause the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to over produce cortisol & adrenaline, which can increase arterial plaque, bp, LDL cholesterol (bad type), and possibly glucose dysregulation. Stress may elevate homocysteine levels that can cause cell damage. Reducing stress, exercise & improving diet & sleep all help.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Stress: Biofeedback and hypnosis with relaxation training do help.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Stress: Psychologist trained in biofeedback would be best.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: It can only help. Stress is associated with CAD but determining its exact impact is unknown (there isn't a stress titer blood test).
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Stress: It would certainly help you cope better with stress.

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