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ThomasP, August 27,  2019  9:09pm EST

Thank You to those that participated, Volunteers Still Needed for Cardiovascular Study


Hello, my name is Thomas V. Parinello, and I am a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at Fielding Graduate University. I am conducting my dissertation research on cardiovascular self-care and depression and am looking for participants.

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between self-care and depression in cardiovascular patients when other factors are involved. This research also aims to improve cardiovascular rehabilitation programs and treatment outcomes.

This study is voluntary, anonymous, and confidential and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete a series of questions on a secure website.


- Must be 18 years of age or older

- May be experiencing symptoms of depression or may be diagnosed with a depressive disorder. Symptoms of depression include but are not limited to, decreased overall mood, low energy, fatigue, poor concentration, poor sleep, feelings of hopelessness.


- Have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition, OR

- Have suffered from a cardiovascular related event, OR

- Have undergone cardiovascular related surgery


To participate in this study, please visit the below website


If you have questions or would like more information about this study, please feel free to contact me:

Thomas V. Parinello, M.A., Ed.S

Fielding Graduate University

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  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, August 28,  2019  6:50pm EST

    Because of the side effects of anxiety and depression, a yet unexplored area in my state in the cardiology arena, I created and met for the first time today with a support group  of cardiac patients. It was fascinating. I used the national network to get people to come. Four guys and me today at our organizational meeting. Wonder where the women are? It went very well. I asked what they wanted to get from meetings and they said, hearing each other's stories, learning new things to do to resolve problems, support each other, inspire hope, find a way to maintain a joyous outlook, being there for each other. Five complete strangers!  We also listed things that frustrate cardiac patients in this first 90 minute meeting at a coffee shop over bagels. We agreed that the unknown does instill concern and fear for the patient especially in tough times. We wish cardiologists would utilize patient portals more so patients can ask questions early on about issues and get ideas or be called in to the office if needed. My cardiologist is a star at this and has kept a lot of worry and anxiety to a minimum for me. There are so many issues facing cardiac patients. Insurance battles, wating months for appointments, lacking skills for being our own advocates or being too sick to do that, etc. I already had an arrest three months ago and I'm determined to make a difference with the time I have left. I wish you were a fly on the wall to get some backdrop info on cardiac emotional needs for support. Wishing you the best as you go from ABD to PhD. You should get a ton of information from patients. Today they were from heart transplant patients, to stents, to bypasses, to valve replacements, to genetic heart disorders, to wearing pacemaker/defib backup "generators" and what that impact is,etc. But you know what? What's missing in the empathy side of the house is the same across the board. You can die without a functioning heart. Best wishes to you.

  • ThomasP
    ThomasP, October 22,  2019  8:51pm EST

    Hi NewPacer, and sorry for the late reply!  I appreciate the kind words and agree with you wholeheartedly - empathy is something that is missing from much of this and it is part of the aim of my project.  

    I wish you well also and glad you have a good support system with a doctor who gets it - that's super important as I found out after two tries of my own. 

    Take care,


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