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Health Tip: Depression and Heart Disease

Health Tip: Depression and Heart Disease

02/24/14

(HealthDay News) -- The term "broken heart" usually describes a person who has lost a great love. Truth be told, feeling depressed cantake a toll on the heart, especially if you have heart disease.

The Cleveland Clinic offers this advice if you've been diagnosed with heart disease and are feeling blue:

  • Try to get some physical activity. Be sure to follow your doctor's recommendations for exercise.
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques.
  • Engage in activities that make you happy. Avoid unhealthy coping habits such as smoking, drinking or overeating.
  • Seek support from family, friends or clergy. Join a support group for people with heart disease.
  • Eat a nutritious, balanced diet and commit to getting plenty of sleep.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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