Having depression and/or chronic stress and anxiety can increase an individual’s odds of developing heart disease. Since heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women, it is imperative that depression and anxiety are treated promptly.
I believe I am in a unique position to help cardiac patients as I have experienced heart disease from all sides. I have been a patient and have experienced heart disease as a family member and as well as a caregiver. As a health care professional, I have counseled countless individuals affected by this illness.
The message that I want to communicate is that it is possible to thrive with heart disease. I’ve seen it happen–again and again. That is my goal when working with cardiac patients–to not only help them to survive — but also to help them to thrive.