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Talking About Your Treatment

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Finding out you need to have a procedure to treat your arrhythmia can be upsetting. Rely on your family and friends for support and care, especially as you look ahead to your procedure, hospital stay (if needed) and ongoing recovery at home.

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Talking To Family and Friends

You may be surprised to learn that your family and friends are more anxious and concerned about your procedure than you are. Be sure to keep the lines of communication open and be clear about how and when you need help.

As your caregivers, your family members may want to attend your doctor appointments with you. They can help you by:

  • Organizing all of the informational materials you receive from your cardiologist or surgeon
  • Handling appointment scheduling
  • Accompanying you to your appointments and taking notes on what the doctor is telling you and the treatment plan
  • Providing transportation to and from the clinic and hospital
  • Making arrangements for your recovery at home
  • Watching for signs of complications
  • Helping to keep your spirits up

With the help of friends and family, you may feel better informed and may recover more quickly.