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After the shock of the heart attack and the initial recovery period it is normal to feel a wide range of emotions about what has happened.
There may be lots of thoughts and questions going through your mind and you may wonder what the future is going to be like. Just like the physical aspects of recovery, recovering from the emotional impact of a heart attack can take time.
Some examples of how you might be affected include:
It may help you to know that all of these feelings are normal. Try not to bottle up how you are feeling. Call the Advice Line nurses for a confidential chat or speak to someone else that you can trust. Learning to communicate with those close to you will help and is an important part of making a good recovery and moving on from what has happened.
If you keep these feelings, fears and worries to yourself then you may appear moody, irritable or to be behaving oddly. This can leave family members, and close friends, confused and they won't know how help you.
Be open and honest about what has happened to you. Use the time you have during your recovery to learn relaxation techniques and make this a part of your new daily routine.