Exercise Helps Heart Failure Patients Deal with Depression

New research shows aerobic activity helps reduce depressive symptoms.

0
Regular aerobic exercise can be among the biggest challenges facing heart failure (HF) patients, because a weakened heart can make patients tire quickly. Many individuals with HF also face mental challenges, as an estimated 40 percent of people with heart failure suffer from depression. But a recent study in the Aug. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that exercise training can help relieve moderate depression symptoms, as well as improve the energy level and quality of life of HF patients. Michael Crawford, manager of Cleveland Clinics Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, says there may be multiple explanations for exercises positive mental outcomes in HF patients. One reason is that exercise releases feel good hormones such as serotonin, he explains. The primary function of serotonin is regulation of our emotions. Low levels of serotonin are thought to cause depression, and according to the American Medical Association, exercise may increase serotonin levels resulting in reduced feelings of depression.
To continue reading this article or issue you must be a paid subscriber. Sign in

Subscribe to Heart Advisor

Get the next year of Heart Advisor for just $20. And access all of our online content - over 2,000 articles - free of charge.
Subscribe today and save 38%. It's like getting 5 months FREE!
Already Subscribed?
Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password? | Activate Web Access

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here