Struggling to cope?
Whether it’s feeling anxious, isolated, or frustrated at not being able to do what we used to do, living with a heart condition can be difficult. These pages are here to help you with the emotional impact of heart disease, including tips on what you can do if you’re finding it hard to make changes to your lifestyle.
These pages will take you through the different emotions you might experience throughout your journey with heart disease.
Dealing with diagnosis
Looks at the immediate impact of a diagnosis of heart disease, and what can help make things easier at this time.
An overview of common feelings you might experience as you come to terms with your condition and try to manage it.
If you’re used to being active, the limitations of a heart condition can be frustrating. This page looks at how to deal with this frustration.
This page has some tips on what you can do to tackle isolation, whether you feel you don’t see people enough, or you feel like those around you don’t understand what you’re going through.
It’s normal to feel anxious about having sex if you’ve got a heart condition or have recently had surgery. This page has guidance on maintaining a good sex life with heart disease.
Dealing with health professionals
Going to appointments can make anyone feel anxious. This page has tips on communicating well with health professionals and what to do if you don’t like how you’ve been treated.
Finding it hard to make a change?
Changing your lifestyle is never easy, whether it’s getting active, or changing your diet. At the same time, we know (and we’ve been told) that lifestyle changes are essential to staying healthy and preventing things from getting worse. These pages look at why change can be hard and what can help make things easier.
Covers how to get started, stay motivated and balance being active with other responsibilities.
Changing your diet
Helps you deal with emotions when changing your diet, and how to overcome challenges along the way.