Getting Connected

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One of the best ways to get healthier is to connect with people who understand what it’s like to live with heart failure. Their stories can inform and inspire your own journey to feeling better.

 

Your hospital or clinic likely has patient support groups that would be helpful to you throughout your recovery. There are also excellent online groups, including:

  • Pacemaker Club - helping CRT-P and CRT-D patients meet, share information and support each other
  • Mended Hearts - for those who have been affected by heart disease

Reach Out To Friends and Family

It’s also important to connect with friends and family so they know where you are in your recovery. Some will want to know how they can help. Some will want to know all the details about your procedure. And some may not know how to react—health concerns can raise confusing emotions. Know that even if they can’t express themselves in the way you may want, they likely want to hear from you and support your well-being.

Overall, it is beneficial for you to reach out to people close to you and talk with them about your procedure and recovery. Be sure to let your loved ones know if you experience any problems with your medications, activities or your health. And talk to your doctor without delay if you notice a change in your health or have any concerns.