Recovery from a Cardiac Event
Anxiety, stress and depression after a cardiac event (like a heart attack or stroke) are common, and if left untreated, they can slow the healing process. We teach patients how to manage their emotions and express them in a healthy way. Flexibility and patience are important, so we work with patients to map out their recovery path—and celebrate each positive step.
Part of recovering from a cardiac event is managing expectations: What can you expect in a week? A month? A year from now? Experts on the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine team give patients tools to manage any bumps in the road to a full recovery.
Patients with cardiovascular disease may experience stress, depression or anxiety, and may benefit from changing lifestyle behaviors. We also offer guidance on preparation and recovery from cardiac surgery.
Whether you’re still receiving treatment as an inpatient at the hospital or you have already returned home after a cardiac event, our team will work with you to ensure the strongest recovery possible.
Team Approach to Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
Kim L. Feingold, PhD, director of Cardiac Behavioral Medicine, Gail M. Osterman, PhD, and Paul Goetz, PhD, specialize in helping patients and their families adjust to a diagnosis and cope with challenges throughout the course of treatment.
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To schedule an evaluation or inquire about services regarding Cardiac Behavioral Medicine through the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, please call 312-NM-HEART (664-3278).