PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF A HEART ATTACK-INTRODUCTION
You just had a heart attack. This may have triggered multiple emotional reactions.
Here are some useful strategies and information that will help you through this particularly demanding period.
Having a heart attack is shocking and stressful indeed, it brings on fear and presents a significant challenge for your ability to adapt.
It can be quite scary for you to admit that your heart, a vital organ, is sick. Your fear is even more intense if you know someone who died from a heart attack or when this is the first one you have.
A heart attack is one's own personal experience. Your reaction to it depends on several factors, namely the severity of your heart disease, how the heart attack occurred, your life history, your personality, your psychological profile and your coping mechanisms, etc.
3 topics will be addressed on the psychological incidence of a heart attack:
- The most common psychological reactions
- Valuable strategies to help you adapt to your new situation
- When is it time to worry and ask for help?