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Are personality changes normal after a heart attack?

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Mar 04, 2015 - 08:20 AM

Anytime a person underges a traumatic event, illness or emergency, they may experience a multitude of different emotional and mental changes. We see this mostly when a person's post-traumatic status has been altered in some way. For example, a patient was fine prior to a heart attack, was independent and after this trauma, now needs to be dependent on others. Overtime, as a person begins to cope with their new level of function and help, these sad feelings can lift and new coping skills appear. However, most patients should not tackle this themselves and should mention this to their doctor so can be referred to a mental health doctor. Prescription medication may be needed for a short term to help them get through this crisis.

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By richard41433 on Aug 10, 2016 - 12:24 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

Would a person becoming mean after a heart attack be reasonable to expect?

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Mar 04, 2015 - 08:18 AM

Having a heart attack is a life changing experience. The patient may be experiencing fear of having another heart attack and may not want to participate in any activities or do anything strenuous. They may be experiencing worry about "what if something happens to me" and is trying to get details in order.

Suddenly, their diet has changed and they are probably not happy about that. This patient is seeing life a totally different way. They may be dealing with regret ... "why didn't I exercise more" or "why didn't I eat healthier". Also, medications may have side effects that can make the patient tired and appear to others as being depressed.

Anyone having to deal with a sudden health issue is faced with many changes and worry, which will change their outlook on life and personality.


Feb 01, 2015 - 01:31 AM

Yes, have him checked for vascular dementia.


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