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If your loved one has had a heart attack, you need to be aware that they require time and support as they recover and adjust to life after a heart attack

It is possible that they will have emotional ups and downs and sometimes they may become clinically depressed.

Tips on communicating with your loved one:

  • Expect emotional ups and downs as this is a normal reaction. Your loved one may cry for no reason, experience nightmares or become anxious of dying.
  • Accept that you both need time to adjust to this health scare. Encourage the expression of emotions and talk to each other about how you feel.
  • Encourage and support your loved one to make the necessary lifestyle changes required to lower the risk of further heart events.
  • Encourage your loved one to get back into living a normal life and continue to make plans for the future.
  • Try to be a good listener.
  • Use “I” rather then “you” when communicating. When you are feeling angry or frustrated say “I feel angry” as opposed to “you make me angry” to prevent blaming each other.
  •  Even though your partner may be unwell, you still need to be treated with respect.
Did you know?

A heart problem can strain a relationship. People sometimes think of splitting up. When you are stressed, it is not a good time to make major decisions. You might like to consider marriage or relationship counselling.

It’s like living with a volcano, I’m afraid to say anything in case he goes off!Julie