Ever Since My Heart Attack, I Have Been Extremely Anxious And Depressed. Is This Normal?

Question: Ever since my heart attack, I have been extremely anxious and depressed. Is this normal? Is there medication to help with this?

Answer: It's normal to have a period of depression after a heart attack or even after open heart surgery. But usually within a period of weeks to months, that should resolve. If you feel persistently despondent and depressed, if you're having trouble getting up and getting started, relating to your friends and dear ones, being proactive in terms of your diet and exercise and taking your medications, then this is something you should really seek professional help for.

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