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New York Hospital Queens Cardiac Rehabilitation Team Presents Study at World's Leading Heart Disease Conference
Date:11/5/2007

Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Heart Disease Patients with Depression

To Be Presented Nov. 5 at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando

FLUSHING, N.Y., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study conducted by medical professionals from the New York Hospital Queens Heart and Vascular Center demonstrates that participation in a cardiac rehabilitation program had a positive impact on depression in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). The study will be presented today as a poster at the American Heart Association 2007 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL.

The findings of the study, "Cardiac Rehabilitation Reduces Depression in Coronary Heart Disease Patients," are significant as CAD patients have a high prevalence of symptoms of depression, which can have a negative impact on their health status and ability to regain a satisfying and productive lifestyle.

Jamie Foster, M.A., an exercise physiologist at the hospital's Cardiac Health Center, will discuss the study findings at today's Scientific Sessions poster presentations along with Donna Cheslik, R.N., M.S.N., administrative director. John P. Nicholson, M.D., medical director of the cardiac rehabilitation program, is the senior author of the study.

The AHA Scientific Sessions have been held since 1955, and the forum is considered the premier cardiovascular research and education meeting in the world, bringing together scientists, clinicians and health care professionals from across the globe to hear presentations of findings from more than 4,000 original research studies.

The three-year New York Hospital Queens study involved the assessment of 417 cardiac rehabilitation patients using scientifically validated criteria to identify those who scored positively for depression. One group of patients was enrolled in cardiac rehabilitation; the other group received anti-depressant drugs as well as cardiac rehabilitation. The research found that both gr
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