Your doctor visits often focus on the clinical management of HF. The emotional aspects of the condition might not always be discussed. So, it’s important to know some of these symptoms and have an open dialogue with your doctor.
HF patients can experience mood changes and fluctuations. According to the Heart Failure Society of America, it is common for HF patients to experience anxiety, fear, sadness, depression, irritability, anger, frustration, guilt, or loneliness. The emotional impact of HF can lead to slower recovery, increase heart rate and blood pressure, or depression.
Recognizing these mood changes and coping with them is an important part of the journey in managing you or your loved one’s condition. If you experience these mood changes, make sure to consult with your doctor. Here are some tips from the Heart Failure Society of America:
- Write down your feelings and emotions
- Eat healthier
- Talk to others, or even to yourself with positive self-talk
- Seek patient education
- Implement daily routines, such as walking
- Get more sleep
- Join a support group
- Avoid alcohol consumption and smoking
Visit our Support Services page for additional resources.