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Article: “Coping with My Partner’s ICD and Cardiac Disease”
Article: “Role of Spousal Anxiety and Depression in Patients’ Psychosocial Recovery After a Cardiac Event”
Article: “Spouses of Heart Attack Victims May Have Similar Risks”
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Heart disease is something we as Americans talk about a lot.  But most often, the conversation surrounds the person who has heart disease or has had a cardiac event.  But what about the spouse of that person?  Many times the spousal role immediately changes to caregiver, nurse and housekeeper.  Cardiac spouses are more suscepible to depression and other illnesses, but their health needs are often overlooked.

When we talk about heart disease, we mainly speak in terms of prevention, treatment and rehab for the patient.  This is in part because there is no medical structure in place to address the spousal issues.  Research shows  that outcomes of the cardiac patient are not only determined by their physical attributes, treatment, and their own outlook, but by the people around them and caring for them—specifically the spouse.

The recovery from a cardiac event often involves the whole family.  The well-being of the caregiver is as important to the patient’s outcome as everything else. Recovering from a heart attack or heart disease is not something that the patient does alone.  The family needs to recover as well, and often needs just as much support, if not more, than the patient does.

 

 

 

Key Point 1

The recovery from a cardiac event often involves the whole family. The well-being of the caregiver is as important to the patient’s outcome as anything else.

Key Point 2

Recovering from a heart attack or heart disease is not something that any patient does alone. The family needs to recover as well and often needs just as much support, if not more, than the patient does.

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