Talking About Your Diagnosis

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You do not have to face your arrhythmia diagnosis alone. You may feel overwhelmed. You may be afraid or anxious. Communicating with your friends and family members may help you deal with your arrhythmia diagnosis.


As you share news of your diagnosis, keep in mind that your friends and family members may be afraid, too. Talking together about what's happening and what to expect may make it easier for family and friends to encourage, comfort and support you.

Your friends and family can help you research and understand your illness. They can even develop lists of questions to ask your doctor. It's a good idea to bring someone with you to your appointments to hear the same information and advice you hear, take notes and ask questions. Then you can talk together about what you learn.

Last Reviewed: March 11, 2010 900245