Patients with cardiovascular disease—in particular, those with implantable cardiac devices including pacemakers and ventricular assist devices—have a higher incidence of anxiety. It’s common to feel a loss of control or predictability, which can create symptoms of anxiety including:
- Loss of sleep
- Jittery feelings
- Change in appetite
Anxiety can slow healing and increase the risk of repeat cardiac events, but it is manageable. Experts on the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
team teach patients strategies that minimize anxiety, including relaxation exercises, visualization, breathing techniques and more.
Team Approach to Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
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To schedule an evaluation or inquire about services regarding Cardiac Behavioral Medicine through the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, please call 866-662-8467.