Heart failure involves your whole family. Everyone will be
affected by this condition. Fear, guilt and anger are all possible
emotions that need attention. These are normal feelings, but
dealing with them can be a struggle.
You may fear loss of control and changes in family roles, or you
may have financial worries.
Guilt is a common reaction, especially for your spouse or
partner. "Why didn't I insist that he or she exercise every day?"
"Why didn't I insist on more healthy eating?"
Anger is also a common family reaction. "Why dad?" "Why mom?"
"He's too young for this!" Anger is often an emotion that comes
from fear of the unknown.
It is important to have support for your emotions. Your nurses,
doctors, chaplain, social worker and cardiac support groups are
important resources. They will help you and your family.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition, 1-931876-31-2
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts