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It is common to feel sad or anxious after a new diagnosis or after being in the hospital. About 75 percent of people with heart failure feel this way.
These feelings are normal, temporary and should gradually go away as you get back to your normal activities. Treatment may be necessary if you continue to feel very depressed or anxious, most of the day, every day, for two or more weeks. Talk with your doctor who can diagnose and start treatment for depression and anxiety.
If you have thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself or others, dial 9-1-1 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
Supportive family and friends can greatly help someone who is depressed.
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3. Blumenthal AA, Babyak MA, O'Connor C, et al. Effects of Exercise Training on Depressive Symptoms in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure: The HF-ACTION Randomized Trial. JAMA. 2012;308(5):465-474. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.8720