Heart & Vascular Program

Heart Health

Diseases & Conditions: Depression

It is common to feel depressed, anxious or confused after having a heart attack or bypass surgery. Varying forms of depression are experienced by 40 to 65 per cent of people after a heart attack. It takes six to eight weeks for your body to heal itself after a heart attack or bypass surgery, and your emotional health also needs time to heal.

Common feelings you may experience include:

  • sadness
  • hopelessness
  • disinterest in the people or things around you
  • decreased motivation
  • loss of appetite
  • increased fatigue
  • tendency to feel withdrawn
  • desire to cry
  • loss of interest in activities you once found pleasurable
  • anger

If any of these feelings persist after eight weeks, professional help may be necessary and is available to you. Please consult with your family doctor or the cardiac rehabilitation team for further information.