Supporting patients' emotional adjustment after a cardiac event - cardiac blues, anxiety and depression

4 CPD Hours

Almost all patients go through the 'cardiac blues' after an acute cardiac event. While most adjust to the cardiac event if they receive adequate support for the cardiac blues in hospital and in cardiac rehabilitation settings, one in five patients go on to experience severe depression. This practical workshop draws on the latest research and clinical experience to help practitioners differentiate the cardiac blues from depression, and to know how to support patients as they adjust emotionally to the cardiac event. Participants will leave the course with skills and tools to conduct an ‘emotional adjustment’ session within the context of cardiac rehabilitation. 

Topics include: 

  • What is the cardiac blues, who gets it and how to manage it.
  • What is depression, who gets it and how to manage it.
  • Supporting patients emotionally, both individually and in group settings
  • Strategies to support patients to self-manage their emotional wellbeing
  • Support and referral options