Cardiovascular diseases and their impact on patients’ daily lives are often associated with psychological complications, such as depressed states and anxiety.
The Department of Psychosomatic Medicine was originally created to meet the particular needs of patients who are getting a heart transplant, which is a complex and stressful process.
Today, this department also provides medical and psychiatric expertise to help doctors diagnose and treat mental symptoms that may appear during a hospital stay or as a result of surgery or that may be detected during a consultation in an outpatient clinic. Doctors in this department act as consultants for patients who are referred by their treating doctor at the hospital. The department also maintains close collaborative ties with the social workers and the psychologist from the Psychosocial Service.