Depression and cardiovascular disease often go together. But exercise can help. . . .

Adults with coronary artery disease who also suffered from depression were given either the antidepressant drug Zoloft, put on an exercise program consisting of three thirty minute sessions on a treadmill per week or a placebo.

Both treatments improved depression more than the placebo, and when only major depression was considered, 40% of the people who were exercising, but only 10% of the people on antidepressants, had a complete remission.

So exercising is not only good for your heart, but it just may work even better than drugs for the depression that often goes with heart disease.

(J Am Coll Cardiol 2012; epub ahead of print)

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