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5th Edition of Cardiology World Conference

September 5-7, 2024 | Madrid, Spain

September 05 -07, 2024 | Madrid, Spain
Cardio 2022

Robert Allan

Robert Allan, Speaker at Cardiovascular Conference
Weill Cornell Medical Center, United States
Title : ONE HEART, ONE MIND, ONE PLANET: Behavioral Cardiology - The Elephant in Your Living Room


A very large empirical database supports the field known variously as behavioral cardiology, cardiac psychology and psychocardiology.  A PubMed search of the terms “psychosocial factors and cardiovascular disease (CVD)” yields more than 60,000 citations. In 2021, the American Heart Association issued a scientific statement endorsing the importance of such psychosocial factors for CVD as depression, anxiety, social isolation, work stress, anger and posttraumatic stress disorder. Recent research has reported that lifestyle change along with medication is as safe and effective for stable coronary artery disease (CAD) as the more invasive strategy of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stent placement, hitherto a mainstay of cardiac intervention.  CAD is a disorder with a major lifestyle component: a heart healthy diet (optimally, whole foods plant based), regular exercise, cigarette cessation, and management of psychosocial factors are critical for both the onset and outcome from CAD. Psychosocial intervention in a group therapy format has been shown to improve psychosocial and cardiac risk factors, as well as reduce recurrent cardiac events.

The audience will learn:

  1. The importance of psychosocial factors for the onset and outcome of CVD
  2. Understand which psychosocial factors have been empirically linked with CVD
  3. Improve the efficacy of their practices by including assessment and referral for adverse psychosocial factors
  4. Possibly develop intervention strategies/clinical trials in behavioral cardiology



Robert Allan, PhD is an internationally recognized cardiac psychologist. He has held an appointment in the Division of Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital for nearly four decades.  Dr. Allan is co-author/co-editor of the first and second editions of Heart and Mind: the Practice of Cardiac Psychology (American Psychological Association, 1996, 2012), the seminal book in the field, as well as many articles in leading psychology and medical journals. Allan has conducted individual psychotherapy with hundreds of cardiac patients and facilitated more than 2,500 cardiac support groups.  He has led the Preventing Heart Disease program on the stepdown coronary care unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center for more than 25 years, where he is currently leading a psychosocial intervention study for Takotsubo patients.  Robert is also a musician and video artist.

Website: Robertallanphd.com
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