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

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Dr. Olivier Frankenberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Olivier Frankenberger
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Surgery - Thoracic
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Stress

Biofeedback and hypnosis with relaxation training do help.

In brief: Stress

Biofeedback and hypnosis with relaxation training do help.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Seth Kunen
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Stress

It would certainly help you cope better with stress.

In brief: Stress

It would certainly help you cope better with stress.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Stress

Psychologist trained in biofeedback would be best.

In brief: Stress

Psychologist trained in biofeedback would be best.
Dr. Alan Ali
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