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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Stress, Depression and Heart Disease


Stress can refer to physical or emotional tension. All people feel stress. Studies suggest a relationship between cardiovascular disease and stress.

Acute and chronic stress may affect:

To manage your stress you can:


Depression is very common among individuals recovering from a heart attack.  It can influence your survival rate. Patients who are depressed are 3 times more likely to die than those whoa re not. Strong social support can help protect you from the negative effects of depression.

Exercise and Mental Health

Physically active people have better mental health. They have a higher positive self-concept, more self esteem and more positive moods. Exercise may be linked to higher levels of alertness and mental ability to learn.

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Last Reviewed: Apr 01, 2006

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School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University