Is there evidence that psychosocial factors can contribute to heart discease? Until recently such a theory might have seemed unsubstaintiated with little scientific basis. In this book, written by the world's leading authorities, evidence from the existing research into the relationship between psychosocial stressors and heart disease is reviewed, enabling some solid conclusions to be drawn. This is a comprehensive text that discusses the many aspects of this complex subject.It includes chapters such as: Social class and coronary disease; The life course, stress and heart disease; Work and coronary heart disease; Social support and coronary heart disease; Hostility and heart disease; Depression and coronary heart disease; Impact of stress on diet; Stress and smoking; Psycho-physiological responsivity in coronary heart disease; Stress mechanisms and coronary heart disease; Arterial and myocardial structure and function; Social and psychosocial influences on sudden cardiac death; Stress and gene environment: interactions to coronary heart disease; and, Psychosocial interventions in coronary heart disease. Because of the profound implications for risk and prevention, this book will be of intense interest to cardiologists, psychologists, epidemiologists, and all those who manage patients with heart disease.