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So, after visiting the cardiologist several times and undergoing a stress test, my cardiologist is pleased with the results of the stress test and has recommended me for cardiac rehab. He also likes the fact that I have gotten all of my cholesterol numbers to the acceptable range in just three months following cardiac catherization and stent placement. I am still, however, suffering from depression and anxiety which my primary care doctor explained yesterday was normal. She prescribed a low dose of Zoloft though since my depression has not gotten any better in the past three months. My question is, will I have to take this medicine for the rest of my life, or be able to come off it later? And if I can stop taking it, will there be withdrawals? I took my first dose this am and feel a tad better today, but not much. I know it will take a few weeks to really start working so I am going to stick with it. Just curious if this will be a life time thing. Oh, and will this topic be a part of the cardiac rehab? Or is it just for exercising?
AHAASAKatie, January 16, 2019 8:44am EST
This is a great question. I am a DVT survivor and am on a blood thinner now. Its been over a year and I still have to take a maintenance level of meds each day. I am curious to see what the rest of the community says about this. Best Katie
JamesPL, January 16, 2019 1:12pm EST
If zoloft is for treating depression than I doubt it is permanent which is unlike treating a chemical imbalance. Depression from heart events is common. I was warned about this occurrence. Heart medication such as statins is likely permanent. I was told I'll be on them for life. I would ask your doctor about it to get a clear answer.
I didn't understand your rehab/exercise question. Could you clarify?
DolphinWrite, January 17, 2019 4:04pm EST
Hey. A pastor, a therapist you really connect, and talking with other patients. One thing. When we'return in this, we're understandably concerned, and I think research asking the doctors questions, talking to people at cardiac rehab, joining a support group are all good. But I think we need to have outlets in our lives (i.e. cooking, reading, movies, any physical activities you can do like I go cycling and target shooting, have started a blog about education, and love the social.). You've had a difficult event, but you don't need to be defined by it. God bless.
KFGriffin, January 17, 2019 4:08pm EST
My question was does cardiac rehab just focus on exercising? Or does it also provide counseling or something for depression and anxiety?
JamesPL, January 17, 2019 7:24pm EST
Cardiac rehab is really about exercise only. The therapists are excellent in providing guidance but they are physical therapists only. I can tell you that the exercise in and out of rehab will help with anxiety. For depression, you really need to seek counseling. I was encouraged to seek that after my bypass surgery and I found the sessions helpful even though I was not experiencing any depression. I would encourage you to do the same.
Good luck to you!
EMON1, March 7, 2019 11:05pm EST
Late answer to your question, anxiety and depression are quite common, cardiac rehab often does have someone for counselling, but not always. [FYI - there actually is a term 'cardiac depression' which is very real]