Psychosomatic medicine - Psycho-cardiology

The Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy is headed by Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann-Lingen. The Section for Psychocardiology provides both general and internal medical care as well as psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic services. It offers patients with cardiovascular syndromes and their loved ones a comprehensive array of conversational and medical approaches to treating both heart and mind. This is generally done during one´s stay at the Medical Center, whether on the ward, in the outpatient department or directly in psychocardiological consultation.

The Oneness of heart and mind

That there are connections between a heart condition and one´s mental and emotional state was first proposed many thousands of years ago, and in recent times this presumption has become the object of intensive research. Mental well-being affects our heart both through our behavior (examples are comfort or binge eating and smoking to relieve stress) and through changes that occur in the regulatory systems of our body (an example being an increase in blood pressure when we are upset or angry). Depressive persons are at particularly high risk. For many people and their relatives heart ailments represent a considerable burden that often also leads to mental (e.g., fear, depression) and psychosomatic symptoms (e.g., heart problems despite normal blood flow). Treating such heart conditions and preventing their (re)occurrence by promoting a healthy lifestyle is thus always a holistic approach. The Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy sees itself as an important supplement to the high-performance biomedical treatment offered by the Heart Center. The Section for Psychocardiology is one of the leading units of its kind in Germany and is involved in a number of scientific research projects on the psychosomatics of cardiovascular diseases. Since 2011 it has its own laboratory for basic psychocardiological research, which is headed by Prof. Dr. mult. Thomas Meyer.

The patient care offered by this clinic includes extensive doctor-patient conversations concerning the possible physical and mental causes of disease courses and sequelae as well as approaches that include drugs, physical therapy and art therapy. Besides diagnostic tests we also offer a broad range of psychometric tests as well as noninvasive psychophysiological examination methods, the latter of which enable an extensive investigation of a patient´s individual susceptibility to cardiovascular stress. Regardless of the results of the examinations, however, every patient receives individualized suggestions for possible treatments. These include inpatient or day-patient psychotherapeutic and psychocardiological treatments, treatment on an outpatient basis, accompaniment both before and after a heart transplantation as well as individual counseling and consultation on how best to cope with a heart condition, including external activities such as psychocardiological rehabilitation, outpatient relaxation training, self-help groups and psychotherapy.


Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann-Lingen
Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Herrmann-Lingen
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