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Your 50-year-old husband is home from the hospital after treatment for a heart attack. You expected him to face physical challenges after his ordeal, but the emotional wallop he’s dealing with has surprised you. His reaction isn’t unusual.
According to the American Heart Association, many people experience strong emotions after a heart attack. These might include depression, anxiety, fear and even anger.
Beyond the early recovery tasks like driving to appointments, picking up prescriptions and preparing healthy meals, there are ways you can help your loved one recover after a heart attack emotionally as well, according to Terri Fahey, RN, cardiac nurse in the Edward Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program:
On the flip side, surviving a heart attack can also bring positive feelings. That might mean satisfaction from having adopted a new, healthier lifestyle post-heart attack. Others say that once the initial shock of having heart disease wore off, they felt more gratitude than ever for each new day of life.
Learn more about the Cardiac Rehabilitation programs at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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