How to Manage Anxiety and Depression after a Heart Attack

Once you’ve had a heart attack, you’re at higher risk for another one. You may feel scared, overwhelmed or confused after a heart attack and this tension may lead to the post heart attack depression and anxiety. So here are some tips for necessary lifestyle changes to live healthy after a heart attack.
Manage your risk factors.

After a heart attack, it is important to manage risk factors like
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• And diabetes
• Take your medications
• Quit smoking
• Eat healthy food
• And stay active
It is important for you to understand your medicines and take them correctly.
Follow up
Attend your follow-up appointments. Attending your follow-up appointments will help your doctors keep track of your condition and recovery.

Cardiac rehabilitation

Participate in cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed to help you recover after a heart attack.

Seek Advice
Talk to your doctor about how you feel about your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend medicines or other treatments for anxiety and depression.
Talk to a professional counselor, if you’re depressed.
Seek support

Joining a patient support group may help you adjust to life after a heart attack. You can learn how other people managed to cope with similar problems. Connect with other heart attack survivors and caregivers through various online Support Networks.

Support from family and friends also can help relieve stress
and anxiety.

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