The Department of Clinical Psychology CPE institute of Cardiology was set up in October 2017 in order to focus on the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease by incorporating strategies to address the emotional and behavioral barriers to lifestyle changes (e.g. smoking cessation), and that seeks to enhance recovery in cardiac patients by means of providing patients tools (e.g. stress management and psychotherapy) to cope with life and physical changes associated with their disease. Cardiac psychologists can help cardiac patients across the lifespan: prevention, presurgery, post‐surgery, and rehabilitation of cardiac disease with a particular emphasis on achieving optimal quality of life outcomes.
The American Heart Association (AHA) supports the idea of addressing mental health and heart health together. In fact, in 2008, the AHA recommended that every heart patient be screened for depression based on ﬁndings that heart patients are three times as likely to be depressed as the general population. Most experts in the ﬁeld recommend cross‐training for those in traditional disciplines so providers can oﬀer a more holistic approach to their heart disease patients. Another option is to form interdisciplinary teams to work with cardiac patients who also experience mental health challenges.
The following services are oﬀered by our department
- Psychological Wellness Clinic
- Psychological Assessment of Cardiac Patients
- Psychological Management of Cardiac Patients
- Trauma Counselling service
- Free Counselling Services for Hospital staﬀ and their families
- Out Door Consultaon
- Pre Cardiac Surgery Psychological Assessment and Management
- Post Cardiac Surgery Psychological Assessment and Management
- Seminar and Workshop on Personality grooming for Staﬀ
- Family Counselling