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Whether you just learned that you have heart disease, are recovering from a heart attack, or heard news that you have to undergo surgery, you may be feeling, isolated, depressed, or angry. Your mind is probably racing with questions. How will this change my life? What does this mean for my family? Will my health insurance cover what’s needed? 

These are normal thoughts and reactions to this life-altering news. Many women experience fear and isolation following their diagnosis. 

Try to stay positive and play an active role in your heart care. An optimistic attitude will help you through. 

Talk openly with family members and friends, and let them know what they can do to help.

While it can be overwhelming to learn that you have heart disease, you are not the disease. Be sure to keep up with hobbies, family events and holidays. 

Look for a WomenHeart support group nearby. Many women say the connections they make with other women living with heart disease help to reduce stress and empower them in their personal journey toward heart health. Consider joining a support group. Shared experiences of hope and survival can help you regain a sense of control, feel less alone, and find the strength to commit to lifestyle changes. 

Depression is twice as common in women as men. If you feel sad for an extended period of time, ask for help. Learn more about the connection between heart disease and depression

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