Dear Billsorry to hear about your multiple heart conditions. Anxiety is NOT good for you : it can antagonize your weakened heart.
Sorry that your Cleveland Clinic doctors and staff are not more helpful. They usually have a good reputation but under these trying times are not living up to them.my heart postop surgery issues were not same as yours BUT your anxiety i can relate too.yes education can be helpful but i think too much knowledge can cause more worries!!!the other tips (especially getting good meds) are helpful. Several techniques also helped me
1. Avoid stress ( i did not listen to negative news stories on tv. Even hurricanes tornado news)2. dont let family members add to your stress. No arguments ( important or silly )3 if you are able, do some sort of Good deed for others. ( donations, food , i knit scarfs)4. Pray for yourself and other sick people5 Ask people to help you. Font be shy about it. When you are well, you can help others ( play it forward)Sorry to be so long winded. Your Justifiable anxiety struck a few heartbeats with me.
I know I'm new here in the community but I know the mind is powerful muscle, and it seems to get the best of us. I've been on this journey with you for about 3 years now. Diagnosed in 2017 with (CHF) stage 3. All you can think about is the day that you were told about your Illness. I've been having the same issues (anxiety/depression) until I was talking to a friend and he said, you can't go through out your day thinking about the "what if?" I knew that he was saying, you gotta live your life one day at a time. I know it's hard to do cause all I think about is the "what if's" but try not to think that way, easier said than done right. Just try to clear your mind and think about something else. I don't know if this helps but trying something different that may help.
Texas, The Woodlands