Skip to content

    Heart Disease Health Center

    Font Size

    Coronary Artery Disease - Living With Heart Disease

    Get help for depression

    Depression and heart disease are linked. People with heart disease are more likely to get depressed. And if a person has both depression and heart disease, he or she may not stay as healthy as possible. This can make depression and heart disease worse.

    If you think you may have depression, talk to your doctor. Take this short quiz to check your symptoms: Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed? For more information, see the topic Depression.

    Manage other health problems

    To reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke, you will need to control other health problems you may have. These problems include diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

    Other steps to stay healthy

    • Find emotional support. Think about joining a heart disease support group. Ask your doctor about the types of support that are available where you live. Meeting other people with the same problems can help you know you're not alone. Your family and friends can also give you support.
    • Drink alcohol in moderation, if you drink. This means having 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
    • Manage stress and anger. Stress and anger can also hurt your heart. They might make your symptoms worse. Try different ways to reduce stress, such as exercise, deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
    • Seek help for sleep problems. Sleep apnea is a common problem in people who have heart disease.
    • Have sex when you're ready. If you are worried about sex and your heart, talk with your doctor. Your doctor can help you know if your heart is healthy enough for sex.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 30, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    1 | 2
    1 | 2
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    x-ray of human heart
    A visual guide.
    atrial fibrillation
    Symptoms and causes.
    heart rate graph
    10 things to never do.
    heart rate
    Get the facts.
    empty football helmet
    red wine
    eating blueberries
    Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol
    Inside A Heart Attack
    Omega 3 Sources
    Salt Shockers
    lowering blood pressure