Psychological challenges for CHD patients. Frightening, life threatening event (MI, major surgery)A chronic illness, reduced life expectancy, symptomsAltered identity - an invalid, walking time bombFears for family and partner being left aloneThreat to employment and financial statusMedication side effects (lethargy, impotence)Being treated differently by other peopleNeurological impairement (esp. cardiac arrest pats.)Making lifestyle changes, smoking, diet, activity.
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