Emotional changes

Although you are excited to go home, you may be feeling some anxiety. This is normal. Some of the changes you may face include:

  • becoming confident in your new heart
  • coping with actual or potential rejection episodes
  • getting used to changes in how you look
  • having emotional ups and downs
  • learning how to live "healthy" and "well" again

During the weeks after you return home, it is common to feel some emotional letdown. The joy of the initial period can fade while you are going through your readjustment.

The changes in family dynamics that come with this process can cause stress and make communication more difficult. For this reason, please consider joining the post-transplant support group.

Hearing that you are not alone in what you are going through, and that others struggle with similar issues, are important in your recovery and rediscovering the joy of a full life.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Care After Heart Transplant, cvs-ah-95405 (1/18)
First Published: 01/06/2013
Last Reviewed: 01/19/2018

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Free one-on-one counseling is also available through the chaplain, social worker or both.