A few ways to do this includes:
Whether it be a psychologist, GP or family member it’s important to talk about what you’re feeling and voice any fears or concerns you have about your health that may be causing you stress or anxiety
Help your body recover by making sure you have enough sleep, eat a healthy balanced diet and find ways to cope with stress (e.g. trying meditation, listening to music). If your SCAD occurred in association with vigorous exercise, in which case you should avoid intense, particularly isometric, exercise for several months, otherwise, don’t severely limit activity, especially if the activity reduces stress.
- Connect with others living with SCAD. Join a community that understands what you’ve been through. There is an Australian Facebook group for SCAD survivors, connecting women & men from around the country who have been through similar experiences. There are also Facebook Support groups from family members of SCAD patients.
SCAD Research Inc Australia also holds 5k SCADaddles for research walks across Australia. These walks are a great opportunity to meet other survivors and their friends and family as well as raising much-needed funds for medical research into SCAD heart attacks.
It is perfectly normal to need time to accept what has happened to you and to come to terms with changes in your everyday life. In fact, anxiety or depression after a cardiac event is so common that it even has a name – post cardiac or situational depression, which may even mimic post-traumatic stress disorder – the good news is that it’s common, treatable and often temporary.
Each person will have a different way of dealing with, and understanding their diagnosis, but it’s important that you do take the time in processing your SCAD heart attack and build yourself back up to your ‘new normal’.
If you or someone you know would like further support or to find out more about anxiety and depression go to https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ or call Beyond Blue Australia on 1300 22 4636 for support & advice.