Wanderer
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Wanderer, June 1,  2021  11:17am EST

New to CHF/AFIB

Hi,

I am new to all this. My mom was recently diagnosed with CHF and AFIB (2 weeks ago). I guess I am seeking advice, info..maybe anything on navigating this with her. She is a nurse to a young child and works 9hr days. She couldn't even stay out of work for the full duration of her Dr.'s note 🤦🏼‍♀️. We go to her 1st appointment with her cardiologist in 2 weeks. She is nervous and scared (which I don't blame her and totally understand). I want to be able to support her in the best way possible. Sorry, to keep going. I guess I don't really know what I need. 

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, June 1,  2021  5:42pm EST

    Hello there, 

    Thank you for joining the Support Network and sharing your mother's story. I hope you can foster a sense of community and solidarity here on the support network with others who have had similar experiences as well as find some advice here. In the meantime, here are a few resources I can share with you about Caregiver Resources, Communication Tips for Caregivers, and Caregiver Support that will hopefully help you as you support your mother through this. She is lucky to have you by her side. 

    Please keep us updated on how you and your mother are feeling. 

    Best wishes, 

    AHA Moderator 

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, June 2,  2021  9:50pm EST

    Being nervous and scared is common for anyone and everyone who has ever experienced any form of heart disease. For me, my fears didn't start to dissapate (a little anyway) until I was better informed from my cardiologist and surgeon as to what I could expect. Not only about treatment but about life afterword. The key is that there IS a life after treatment. The best way to approach recovery is to listen and do what her cardiologist tells her. It is also important, as difficult as it might be, to approach recovery with a sense of determination. What I mean by that is to persist in doing the things that will help in recovery. One example is cardiac rehab. If her cardiologist recommends it, your mother should enroll and go to all the sessions. It will be good for her mentally and physically. But first things first. When you see her cardiologist, ask many, many questions and learn all you can about her condition and follow up treatment. This will greatly help reduce her anxiety!

    Wishing you both all the best!

    Jim

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