Support After a Heart Failure Diagnosis
It's normal to feel anxious, depressed, or afraid after you've been diagnosed with heart failure. These feelings may last several weeks. If your symptoms don't improve or you feel like you may want to harm yourself, speak with your health care professional. There are ways they can help.
Coping with a serious medical condition can be hard. It may help to speak with others who are going through something similar. You are not alone! Many online communities can connect you with other people who have heart failure. By sharing your story, or hearing other people's stories, you may feel less alone.
Online support groups also help patients connect and learn from each other. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Some online support groups include:
- American Heart Association: http://supportnetwork.heart.org/heart-patients
- Mended Hearts: https://www.inspire.com/groups/mended-hearts-heart-disease/
- Daily Strength: https://www.dailystrength.org/group/heart-failure
There may be support groups that meet in person. Ask your health care professional if he or she knows of any local groups.