Anyone who has a heart attack—or anyone diagnosed with heart disease—will get plenty of advice from their doctor about exercising and eating right. But doctors don’t always address the stress heart patients are feeling, and how it can lead them to make unhealthy choices. Heart disease can be scary. Unless it’s managed, it can get worse over time. Heart attack survivors feel traumatized, depressed, and afraid. And research has shown that stress and depression affect a person’s ability to recover from cardiac events. Those who are under more stress take longer to recover, and have worse health outcomes. How can heart patients break free from the depression and anxiety? Assess your stress and mood living with heart disease.