Feelings After a Heart Attack

People typically have a spectrum of emotions after a heart attack. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness — but also hope for the future as well as relief at having another chance. 
According to psychologist Barry Jacobs, the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and co-author of AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family, there’s often an initial sense of shock — ‘I just didn’t see it coming,’ followed by fear of what may come — ‘can I ever feel safe again?’ “Beyond that anxiety, we know about 20 percent of people who have heart attacks, as well as those who have heart surgery, will have depression afterwards,” he said.

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