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Health Tip: Depression and Heart Disease

(HealthDay News) -- The term "broken heart" usually describes a person who has lost a great love. Truth be told, feeling depressed can take 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.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 2/24/2014
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