The Doncaster IAPT LTC cardiac group is run over 6 sessions and is being delivered virtually during COVID-19. This group would normally be run on a face to face basis, and each session lasts for 2 hours once per week. The cardiac group is focused towards individuals who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or low mood in relation to living with a cardiac condition, or have experienced a cardiac event.
It recognises that everyone feels stressed, worried and experiences low mood from time to time. These feelings are normal but can become more intense following a heart attack or when living with another heart condition.
In the UK, up to 30% of people who have experienced problems with their heart report changes in their mood and anxiety levels. Many people find that they become less active, or start experiencing unhelpful thoughts about themselves, their health, and the world around them.
The cardiac group helps you to learn new tools and techniques of ways to improve your mood and anxiety. It explores a range of evidenced based self-help interventions which have been found beneficial in controlling these symptoms. It will provide you with overview of anxiety and how these symptoms can impact on your cardiac condition.
The aims of the group are:
- To gain an understanding of the difficult emotions you might be experiencing as a result of your heart problem and help you to develop better ways to manage them.
- To minimise disruption to your current lifestyle and to understand how your illness impacts on your daily living.
- To empower, support and encourage each other to work with exploring your expectations and acceptance of personal health changes.
- To engage with new healthy lifestyle habits.
- To improve your cardiac recovery and decrease further risk.
There is an expectation that individuals attending the group will put into practice the interventions learned at each session by implementing these in their day to day lives. Progression will depend on how much the individual puts the new techniques in place.