Have you recently had a heart attack, coronary artery stenting or other cardiac event?
Are you now feeling depressed, anxious, uncertain – somewhat insecure after your heart event?
Do you worry that you will have another heart attack each time you have any chest discomfort, any time you feel out of breath or experience muscle tension?
You are not alone
Feelings of fear, anxiety and depression are common after a life-threatening cardiac event.
Many patients display symptoms of psychological distress immediately after a coronary event, and this should be viewed as a normal reaction to such a life-threatening episode. It’s a life-changing, stressful event. For most it’s a frightful experience. There are constant concerns about whether one will be able to return to one’s usual life and do things as before.
Heart disease and heart attacks almost always require major lifestyle changes; these are all the more difficult when one is drained and depressed. It is normal to feel fatigued and anxious as a result of a cardiac event.
Other symptoms may include:
acute awareness of slight bodily sensations or pain
Your partner / spouse may also share some of these worries and fears and this may negatively impact on your relationship-other family members will also be affected.
Hence it is important to attend to the psychological factors as soon as possible to help you in your recovery-the professional support can be most beneficial.
The counselling that I offer is a very important step in recovery from a heart attack, heart surgery, or other heart-related problems. The goal is to help you resume a normal life. To help you establish and maintain an active lifestyle, gain strength and confidence and take charge of your health and life and to control risk factors and prevent progression of the disease.
The counselling is brief, focussed and outcomes based to help you in your recovery.
The sooner you begin the process the better.