Living with heart disease means dealing with a wide range of physical challenges – but did you know that it can cause emotional changes too?
It's not uncommon for people recovering from a heart attack or a coronary procedure to experience feelings of sadness and depression. Depression can sap your energy and deprive you of the simple joys of everyday life.
Recognizing and treating depression is important, because it can slow down a patient's recovery, and actually increase the risk of future coronary disease.
If you feel sad, and have trouble feeling pleasure, talk to your doctor about getting help.
There are many treatment options – and not just medication. Talk therapy, yoga, meditation, and physical exercise are effective in fighting depression and reducing stress. And less stress means a healthier heart. In fact recent studies have shown that patients in an exercise program had fewer symptoms of depression, and healthier hearts.
So if you think depression might be holding you back, tell your doctor. Learn more about your treatment options. Be CardioSmart!