After Heart Attack, Exercise, Quitting Smoking Eases Depression

Smoking cessation demonstrated the strongest association with improving depression after heart attack.

A new study shows that exercise and stopping smoking will improve depression after a heart attack.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 1,164 patients who were part of the Swiss Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) cohort, a multicenter study of patients with ACS in Switzerland. Patients were enrolled between 2009 and 2013 and followed up for one year. Depression was assessed at enrollment and again at one year.

The researchers investigated the impact of a number of factors on the improvement of depression after a heart attack, including blood cholesterol management, blood pressure control, smoking cessation for smokers, reduction of alcohol for those consuming more than 14 drinks per week, intensification of physical activity, and recommended medications.

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