If you've recently undergone
heart surgery, you might find yourself feeling some anxiety once you're home and recovering. Some questions you might ask yourself include, "What if my stitches fail?", "What if there's a complication?" or even, "What if my heart stops beating?"
If you are suffering from anxiety after heart surgery, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Research has shown that 30-40% of all heart surgery patients suffer some form of anxiety or depression after their procedure. While the cause of cardiac depression is widely unknown, there are things you can do to manage it.
If you're still unsure if what you're feeling is more serious than the typical physical and emotional fatigue following surgery, answer the following questions:
If you've answered yes to any of the questions above, you should consider treatment. Without proper treatment, your depression could become worse. Here are a few tips to help cope with the emotional side effects of heart surgery:
Anxiety and depression after heart surgery is very common. But, acknowledging your condition and arming yourself with treatment options will help you work towards a full recovery, effectively improving your quality of life.
Any information and advice is given on a generalized, generic basis, and is not specific to any individual patient's condition. Use of this material is helpful in making you informed about health care issues and cannot replace a health professional-patient relationship. You should always consult with a professional for diagnosis and treatment of any specific health problems. You should not disregard any advice or treatment plan from your health professional based on your interpretation of what you may read in this material.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor Scott & White Health.