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Dealing with Family and Friends
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Sometimes your heart event can cause more emotional trauma for your family and friends than for you. You know you have survived and are getting well, but they are often still shocked by what has happened to you and helpless that you came close to death - they almost lost you. They may overreact: either hovering over you or avoiding you. Understand that they are simply trying to cope with their own fears and panic. For your own mental health, however, you may want to keep anxious and overprotective friends and family at a distance until they get a better handle on their emotions. Otherwise, they will "kill you with kindness" and expect you to meet their own emotional needs. This can be exhausting! 

Friends and family often fear that you will suffer another heart event and die. They should be encouraged to express their emotions, read books and articles about heart disease, and even speak with your doctor if need be. They may consider taking a CPR class at a local fire and rescue department or Red Cross chapter.
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