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Cardiovascular Disease and depressions

I worry about my husband after open heart surgery.

  1. Depression is not uncommon in heart disease patients and you are right to be concerned. I myself have had depression and anxiety for much of my life and it was only accentuated following my MI and HF diagnosis. I have been struggling for the past month and have been working with a psychiatrist and therapist, which is helping. Please tell us more about your husband. Please tell us more about how you are coping. In the meantime, here is an article that may be relevent: https://heart-failure.net/depression-anxiety.

    1. Hello, I'm sorry that you are worried for your husband. Open heart surgey can be taxing on the body and the mind. When I had my first open heart surgery, I needed a lot of help from a therapist and the people around me. It was hard, but I wouldn't have been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel if it wasn't for my loved ones. Below are 2 articles written by people in the community, I hope they help.


      https://heart-failure.net/living/depression
      https://heart-failure.net/clinical/treating-depression




      Olivia Rose -Moderator

      1. I’m sorry to hear that your husband has to undergo open heart surgery in the future. It’s definitely difficult experience to undergo as a family as well. Mixed emotions arise before, during, and even after surgery. Directly after open heart surgery patients may experience a period depression, anxiety, and or even anger or rage because of things such as not being able to do the simplest things like sitting up in bed or putting on one’s pants without pain or discomfort in completing the task. My advice is to have patience with him, ask for help from family members, friends, or even a therapist for yourself or your husband or the both of you if needed. Leslie ( Community Moderator)

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