Study: Exercise can ease depression in chronic heart failure patients

August 3, 2012 9:58:03 AM PDT
Exercise can help ease depression in people with chronic heart failure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers conducted the study on 2,300 heart failure patients.

Some received their usual medical care. Others added supervised aerobic exercise for 90 minutes a week for the first three months, followed by nine months of at-home exercise.

After one year, patients in the exercise group had the greatest reductions in symptoms of depression.

Depression affects about 40 percent of chronic heart failure patients.