How to prevent an illness from becoming an obsession?

Question: My father has serious heart problems and they have already operated on him several times. Since his retirement, the disease has become almost an obsession. He has always been a very active and positive person, and I am very sorry to see him limited and so aware of his illness. Could you recommend something? Ernesto (Argentina).

Answer: Because of the background you tell us, we suggest you try to get your father to do all kinds of activities that keep him busy, and therefore, away from negative thoughts. In addition, we advise you to try some relaxation CDs that contain audio tracks with instructions to avoid stress and anxiety. We also recommend that you both read the book 'Take care of your heart', a small manual edited by the FEC and aimed at cardiovascular patients and their families.

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