Prof. Samuel F. Sears

East Carolina University, United States

Invited Speech: COVID and the Cardiac Patient Experience

Biography:

Professor, East Carolina University
Department of Psychology
Department of Cardiovascular Sciences
East Carolina Heart Institute
United States

Samuel F. Sears, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Cardiovascular Sciences at East Carolina University. Dr. Sears has published over 200 articles in the research literature and has well over 10, 000 citations. Dr. Sears continues to practice and teach health psychology in cardiology clinics at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University. Dr. Sears received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (1995) in clinical health psychology from the University of Florida.

Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic produced profound changes in the daily lives and lifestyles of people around the world. For the cardiac patient, the virus represented a potential threat that magnified risks associated with cardiovascular disease and its management. The purpose of this presentation is to identify the psychological and behavioral consequences of COVID for the cardiovascular patient. Specific emphasis will be placed on the role of physical activity, disease management and emotional management during the pandemic by heart patients. Multiple research studies have indicated increased psychological distress and both on-target and off-target disease management behaviors. Clinical implications for this research and managing these changes will be discussed.

Abstract

Prof. Samuel F. Sears

The COVID-19 pandemic produced profound changes in the daily lives and lifestyles of people around the world. For the cardiac patient, the virus represented a potential threat that magnified risks associated with cardiovascular disease and its management. The purpose of this presentation is to identify the psychological and behavioral consequences of COVID for the cardiovascular patient. Specific emphasis will be placed on the role of physical activity, disease management and emotional management during the pandemic by heart patients. Multiple research studies have indicated increased psychological distress and both on-target and off-target disease management behaviors. Clinical implications for this research and managing these changes will be discussed.