Cardiac blues


What are the cardiac blues? 

If you’ve had a cardiac event, you might be surprised by your emotional state afterwards. For many people, it triggers an emotional rollercoaster that includes feeling shocked, traumatised, sad, anxious, tearful or worried about the future. 

Welcome to the cardiac blues! They’re not fun, but they are a normal part of recovering from a cardiac event. Most people’s emotional wellbeing improves as their physical recovery progresses. 

That’s not the case for everyone though. For 1 in 5 people, the cardiac blues persist and turn into depression. That’s particularly likely if you already had risk factors for depression such as other illnesses, financial worries, a history of anxiety or depression, or if you’re grieving. 

There are many treatments available that can help you feel better. If you’re making a good physical recovery but are concerned about your mental health, then you can:

? Talk to your GP

? Call Lifeline on 13 11 14

? Call Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636

This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.