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Healing Hearts Inside and Out

Heart attack survivors face a long process to recovery, both physically and emotionally. Fortunately, Texas Health Springwood Center Southwest Fort Worth is here to help.

Feelings of depression, fear and hopelessness affect 20 percent of coronary heart patients — which increases their risk of dying threefold within six months. Texas Health Springwood Center Southwest Fort Worth provides the community with a unique mental health treatment program for cardiac patients.

The adult cardiac intensive outpatient program addresses symptoms of depression in cardiac patients such as social withdrawal, fear of death or adverse cardiac incident, hopelessness, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

“Cardiac patients may become depressed because they fear having another heart attack or have trouble coping with all the sudden lifestyle changes they have to make,” says Ramona Osburn, M.B.A., director of Texas Health Springwood Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. “It’s important for them to seek treatment because it can worsen their symptoms and contribute to their disability from heart disease.”

The center also offers psychiatric outpatient programs for adults and adolescents and an addiction outpatient program for adults. To accommodate busy schedules, the programs are held during the day and evening, with some programs offering weekend components. Patients may self-refer or be referred to the center by a physician, therapist or an Employee Assistance Program counselor.

For more information about programs at a Texas Health Springwood facility near you, visit TexasHealth.org/springwood or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355). (Spring 2009)

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