Healthy Heart Habits

2019-11-14 17:39:47 | BioPortfolio


Approximately 350,000 Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patients experience significant depression symptoms each year in the US. Post-ACS depressed mood interferes with patients making necessary changes to behavioral risk factors (e.g., smoking cessation) and predicts poor medical outcomes. The proposed study will develop an integrated depression and behavioral risk factor reduction intervention for secondary prevention post-ACS through an open trial of 20 patients.


Depression predicts high rates of morbidity/mortality among acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. Part of this relationship is explained by a poor profile of behavioral risk factors (i.e., smoking,physical activity, medication adherence, diet). An integrated treatment targeting both depressed mood and multiple behavioral risk factors could be highly effective in reducing post-ACS mortality. Behavioral Activation for depression may be an ideal counseling treatment for this since it has recently shown promise for facilitating behavioral risk factor changes in ACS patients with depression (K23HL107391). The current study will adapted this manual targeting post-ACS depressed mood and smoking cessation to target depression and multiple behavioral risk factors post-ACS. This study will be an open trial (N=20) to test the feasibility and acceptability of our procedures and obtain initial indications of efficacy. This study hypothesizes that 1) the BA-HD manual and study procedures will be feasible and acceptable to post-ACS patients with depressed mood as measured by self-report, recruitment/retention rate, and post- treatment qualitative interviews and 2) that participants will experience clinically significant improvements in depressed mood and behavioral risk factor profile. The long-term goal of this research is to improve long-term survival rates following ACS.

Study Design


Acute Coronary Syndrome


Behavioral activation for health and depression (BA-HD)


Hennepin Healthcare
United States


Not yet recruiting


Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute.

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A disorder of cardiac function secondary to hypersensitivity reactions. It is characterized by coexistence of acute coronary syndromes and cardiac MAST CELL and PLATELET ACTIVATION. It may be induced by exposure to drugs (e.g., antibiotics, anesthetics, contrast media), food, and environmental triggers (e.g., insect bites and stings, poison ivy).

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