Do you know where to go for help after you've had a stroke or have been diagnosed with heart disease? Bakersfield Heart Hospital has partnered with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to provide an association to help with your emotional recovery.
The Support Network
offers an online community with a goal to connect people living with heart disease and stroke with others who are going through similar journeys.
Research shows the stress of dealing with an illness can impact health. A study released in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that a general lack of social support is associated with poor health and quality of life and depression in men and women following a heart attack.
The person who's had a heart attack or stroke isn't the only one impacted by these life-changing events. The stress of caring for a disabled spouse can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of possible heart attack or stroke.
The monitored online community offers people a place to ask questions, share concerns or fears, provide helpful tips, and find encouragement and inspiration.