Partaking in moderate exercise can help to ease depression common among patients following chronic heart failure.
According to researchers from Duke University Medical Centre, the discovery adds further gravitas to existing research on the link between mental and physical health.
During the investigation, it was also observed that moderate exercise holds small but significant benefits for reducing deaths and hospitalisations among health failure patients.
Dr James A Blumenthal, lead author of the study, commented: "We do not know what comes first – heart disease or depression – but we do know the two are often related, and if depression gets worse, people have worse outcomes."
Partaking in exercise also has the added benefit of building up cardiovascular health among patients and can be a vital part in the rehabilitation process.
However, people must always approach their doctors for advice before beginning any programme of exercise, especially following a potentially fatal episode or ill health.
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