Resources for Patients

Nutrition & Behavioral Medicine

Looking to balance your nutrition and behaviors as you go through rehabilitation? Look no further than AACVPR’s roundup of resources.


  • “Thriving with Heart Disease” by Wayne Sotile and Robin Cantor-Cook (Amazon)
  • “Take a Load Off Your Heart” by Joe Piscatella and Barry Franklin, PhD (Amazon)
  • “Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease” by Barry Franklin, PhD and Joe Piscatella (Amazon)
  • “Positive Mind, Healthy Heart!” by Joe Piscatella (Amazon)
  • “Anger Kills” by Redford and Virginia Williams (Amazon)
  • “Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers” by Gary Sapolsky (Amazon)
  • “The Heart Speaks” by Mimi Guarneri, MD (Amazon)
  • “Don't Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson (Amazon)
  • “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat Zinn, PhD (Amazon)
  • “The Heart's Code” by Paul Pearsall, PhD (Amazon)
  • “Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease” by Dean Ornish, MD (Amazon)
  • “Love & Survival” by Dean Ornish, MD (Amazon)

Cardiac Website Links for Patients

  • — a support organization for cardiac patients
  • — a support organization for women with heart disease
  • AHA Support Network — a support network for patients and caregivers
    • Enter psychosocial terms like “depression”, “anger”, or “psychological” in this website’s search engine for articles pertaining to these topics.

Pulmonary Website links for Patients

  • EFFORTS — an organization of COPD patients for support and advocacy
  • COPD Foundation — an organization for patients with COPD and medical professionals