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WHAT IS THE EMOTIONAL REACTION TO A HEART ATTACK: FEAR AND DEPRESSION

When we discussed this topic with our patients and our publishers in order to make sure that it could be understood by laypersons, the publishers were struck by the manner in which coronary patients concealed their fears. The patients often do not concede to their physician or themselves that they fear for their lives. But since all patients probably harbor such fears, we must all learn how to overcome them.

In some patients fear leads to depression which must be treated. For a short period of time, anti-depressant drugs may be taken without side-effects, but this is the physician's decision.

It is also possible that patients suffer from another type of depression, the symptoms of which are physical rather than emotional. It may also be helpful if patients talk about these fears and depression with their spouses in order to confront and thus overcome these problems more quickly.

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