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Nervous after Heart Attack
Last month I had a heart attack after learning that my LAD was 99% blocked. At night I am often too nervous to go to sleep feeling I will never wake up. Has anyone else experienced this type of anxiety? If so, what have you found it the best way to cope with it. I appreciate any advice. Gary
AHAModerator, March 1, 2021 8:54am EST
Thank you for joining the support network. I'm so sorry to hear that you're feeling so anxious after your heart attack. As you hear from others on the support network, I can also share some resources that cover Life After a Heart Attack and Mental Health for you to check out. Please keep us updated on how you're doing.
The AHA Team
NewPacer73, March 2, 2021 10:08am EST
Gary, yep been there done that. I had a cardiac arrest due to low heartrate, not blockage, but I did worry some after the episode. It is initially scary. I found a counselor who helped me put that into perspective. So I'd recommend talking to somebody or join a cardiac support group. If you have Mended Hearts there, that's a good group to talk to about what you are feeling. My arrest seemed small compared to meeting vibrant, happy and totally functioning cardiac transplant patients who were mixed into the group. They all get it. No matter what cardiac experience you have had. If no Mended Hearts is in your area, then try a counselor. It's all normal to be coming back from a near death experience. Time passes. I am totally okay now with whatever is next. Focus on your health, diet, exercise. That's your part. But get some support for that very normal anxiety thing. You would be unique if it didn't hit you emotionally. I've never met anyone who did not have the same issues. Post what you decide to do. There's a ton of helpful, wonderful people here. For me, time passing without any issues since the arrest two years ago has certainly put that anxiety into perspective. Maybe get one of those cardio finger machines on amazon.com will help give you some confidence. Ask your cardiologist too. I'm sure he/she has had 100% anxious patients post attack. Because that is normal. See what they have to say for help too.
PaulineB, April 5, 2021 9:03pm EST
I too am trying to recover from a heart attack I am nervous and don't know what to expect mine occurred March 11 2021