Can Heart Attacks Cause Depression? Be Alert for These Warning Signs. posted on: 02-17-2015

heart attachLife is forever altered for those who’ve experienced a heart attack or stroke. While many of the changes are extremely positive – such as a healthier diet and lifestyle – they can also be overwhelming. Suddenly being forced to give up artery-clogging comfort foods, smoking, and other unhealthy habits, combined with the recovery period necessary after the heart attack or stroke itself, can lead to feelings of agitation and even clinical depression.

North River Home Care suggests keeping a close eye on loved ones recovering from a heart attack or stroke, and contacting the doctor if these symptoms are noted:

  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Sleep changes, including insomnia, waking in the early morning hours, or oversleeping
  • Feeling anxious and restless or feeling sluggish and physically slowed down
  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or harsh criticism of perceived faults and mistakes
  • Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things

Recovering from a heart attack or stroke can be difficult not only for the patient, but for those caring for him or her. Lean on the fully trained, compassionate and dedicated elder care team at North River Home Care, who can provide respite care to allow you the necessary time needed to rejuvenate and remain healthy and energized for your loved one. Whether it’s assistance from a homemaker/companion with housekeeping, laundry, shopping, and emotional support, or a home health aide to provide additional help with bathing, dressing, feeding, mobility and more, we’re on hand according to your schedule and needs. Download our brochure and other free, helpful documents to learn more, or call us any time at 781-659-1366.