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Two recent studies have underscored the importance of fitness in lowering your odds of dying of a heart attack and of developing depression following an MI. In one study, based on the Henry Ford Exercise Testing (FIT) Project, researchers found that heart attack victims who had greater fitness levels were significantly more likely to survive the events and have more successful recoveries. The other study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, found that individuals who exercised regularly before having a heart attack were much less likely to to be diagnosed with depression compared with heart attack patients who seldom, if ever, exercised.
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