We have all read how stress increases the risk of medical problems over time. Although most are aware of stresses dangers we still avoid it because of the discomfort. However, ignoring stress(opens in a new tab) in particular when one has heart disease is done so at your peril. Researchers in Sweden asked 362 people who had either a recent heart attack or surgery for blocked coronary to take part in a study which demonstrated the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, also known as CBT, had a 45% lower rate of heart attacks, 41% lower rate of other cardiovascular events, and that the more often the participants attended Cognitive Behavioral therapy sessions, the lower their risk of second heart attacks or other events. If you feel stress is taking a toll on your health and are in need of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) based stress management, then contact the Cognitive Behavior Institute. The Cognitive Behavior Institute provides the highest level evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavior Therapy in two locations in Western Pennsylvania:

Cranberry Township Location

Mt.Lebanon Location

Phone Number: (724) 609-5002


Gulliksson, M et al (2011). Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs Standard Treatment to Prevent Recurrent Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease: Secondary Prevention in Uppsala Primary Health Care Project (SUPRIM). Archives of Internal Medicine, 171: 134 – 140.