Tips for Coping with Your Heart Disease Diagnosis
When your cardiologist informs you that you have heart disease, you’ll likely experience a range of negative emotions. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or even depressed when you hear the diagnosis. Try to transform your emotions into productive actions by taking steps to control your medical condition and improve your overall health. Work with your cardiologist to learn about your treatment plan and follow the tips below to cope with the diagnosis.
Practice Stress Management
If you suffer from significant stress after your diagnosis, it can interfere with your ability to focus on day-to-day activities. Reach out to your loved ones for support and consider talking to a counselor. Try to practice positive thinking and use deep breathing techniques when you feel overwhelmed. Many people find stress relief when practicing yoga, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation.
Join a Support Group
Ask your cardiologist for recommendations for local support groups. Joining a heart disease support group can help you manage your emotions more effectively. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from others who share a similar experience.
Take Part in the Heart Failure Management Program
Cardiac Solutions offers a wide range of clinical programs to help you make the most of your heart health. Our Heart Failure Program (HF Class) features one on one sessions with a registered nurse and is designed to help you manage your health by recognizing the early signs and symptoms of worsening heart failure. Additionally, our Heart Failure Education Class will teach you how to manage everything from heart failure devices to managing emotional stress.
Undergo Cardiac Rehabilitation
Your cardiologist might recommend a cardiac rehabilitation program. This type of program involves working with a nutritionist and receiving patient education regarding healthy lifestyle choices. You might also undergo monitored exercise and receive guidance regarding emotional support.
Have Regular Health Screenings
In addition to working with your cardiologist to implement a treatment plan for your condition, it’s important to undergo regular screenings to assess the effectiveness of your treatment. Your cardiologist will likely recommend periodic cholesterol and blood pressure screenings.
At Cardiac Solutions , our compassionate cardiologists will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that’s right for your needs. We offer extensive patient education opportunities and regular health screenings in Glendale, Avondale, Sun City West, and Peoria. Please call (623) 876-8816 to schedule your appointment or visit us on the Web for more information.