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What is it?

Living with a heart condition or having a heart attack is understandably a major source of stress and worry and can affect our wellbeing.

Worrying about your heart health may mean you miss out on the things you enjoy and can lead to feeling low. It is very common to feel overwhelmed, anxious or low when you have a heart condition.

Sometime the stress of heart problems can make it even more difficult to look after our health and wellbeing. It can be more difficult to eat well, see friends, sleep well, or go for a walk when we are feeling worried or low. Learning ways to manage worry and low mood can often lead to feeling more able to look after our physical wellbeing too.

Self-Help Resources

British Heart Foundation

Information and advice about heart health.

Heart Support Groups

Find a local support group.

NHS Choices

Coronary heart disease (CHD) information.

NHS Choices

Atrial fibrillation information.

We offer services to people experiencing heart problems who would like to improve their wellbeing by learning ways to manage stress, worry or low mood.

Living Well with Heart Conditions Course

This course is specifically tailored for people living with a heart condition who are feeling low, stressed or worried who would like to learn proven techniques, to overcome common symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood.

You can chose to be involved in discussions or simply just listen.

It’s an opportunity to meet other people living with heart problems and learn from each other’s experiences.

If you are feeling anxious or low and worrying about how your heart condition affects your wellbeing, the Living Well with Heart Conditions Course can be the option for you.

What can I expect from these sessions?

  • NHS professionals teach you evidence-based methods of dealing with low mood, anxiety and worry in relation to living with a heart condition
  • You receive a FREE workbook at the first session
  • Learn from other group member’s experiences
  • You will receive a telephone review at the end of the course with one of the facilitators
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Who is this suitable for?

This course is most suited to people who have a diagnosis of Coronary Heart Disease, Angina, Heart Failure or Atrial Fibrillation who would like to learn proven techniques in a small group, to overcome common symptoms of anxiety and low mood as well as boosting self-esteem.

If you are experiencing other heart conditions please take a look at the range of courses available to you, including our Living Well with a Long term condition course, or Stress Control for Long Term Conditions course.

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The course can help you understand how living with a heart condition can affect your mood and wellbeing.

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Teach you strategies you can use in your day to day life

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Increase your confidence and stay well to focus on doing things that are important to you

What does each session involve?

Understanding how a heart condition affects you and its relationship to low mood and anxiety. Learn about the benefits of relaxation and practice relaxation techniques.

Managing worry about the future and rumination about the past.

Understanding how a heart condition can affect what we do and learn strategies to improve low mood.

Understanding how our thoughts can affect our feelings, and learn new ways to manage this.

Planning for the future and coping with setbacks. Learning more about other support available.

When & Where?

There are a total of 5 sessions which are two and half hours long (with plenty of breaks) and run on a weekly basis. We currently have courses beginning on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 21st February – 10am-12:30pm – Quaker Meeting House
  • Wednesday 9th May– 10am-12:30pm – East Bank Medical Centre
  • Wednesday 27th June – 10am-12:30pm – East Bank Medical Centre
  • Monday 3rd September – 9:45am-12:15pm – Concord Sports Centre
  • Monday 5th November – 10am – 12:30pm – Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre

Quaker Meeting House

East Bank Medical Centre

How do I access?

If you would like to attend a ‘Living Well with Heart Conditions’ course please use the ‘book now’ link or call 0114 271 6568 to book your free place. There is also a range of advice and support available, through your GP, your consultant or you can call us to discuss other options available within the IAPT Health and Wellbeing team.

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