According to the American Heart Association, 22 percent of heart attack patients develop some degree of depression.  Symptoms of depression like fatigue and feelings of worthlessness can cause people to ignore their treatment and engage in unhealthy behaviors such as overeating or refusing to take medications.  Studies show treating depression makes it easier for people with heart disease to follow long-term treatment plans and make appropriate changes to their lifestyle.

Anxiety can also accompany heart disease and heart attacks.  Please integrate physical and behavioral health, and obtain help to treat your emotions and behaviors.

(American Psychological Association Practice Organization Fall 2014 Good Practice)