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

oups significantly improved their depression scores (8.13.9 to 3.53.7, p<0.0001 in the cardiac rehab only group and 11.05.8 to 7.26.9, p<0.001 in the rehab plus medication group). The degree of improvement was essentially the same whether or not the patients were receiving anti-depressant drugs.

The significance of these findings, according to Dr. Nicholson, is that the data suggests that cardiac rehabilitation alone, without the use of anti-depressant drugs, can be effective in treating depression in the patient with coronary artery disease.

"The cumulative data and our 14-year experience at the Cardiac Health Center tell us that the exercise, lifestyle education and social atmosphere of a structured cardiac rehabilitation program all contribute to a substantial lessening of depression symptoms," he noted. "Patients in cardiac rehabilitation receive understanding and support from the medical professionals whom they work with, and also from other patients who share their own experiences. Clearly, this is beneficial to these patients."

Ms. Cheslik observed, "This study helps to demonstrate that this program is making the right impact at the right point in a patient's recovery process. The program is designed to take into account their emotional needs and help them rebuild their confidence in a supportive setting. More than two-thirds of the people who enroll in the program were referred to us by current and past patients."

The four-phase cardiac rehab program includes: Phase I, for patients who are still hospitalized after a heart attack, surgery or procedure. The outpatient component at the Cardiac Health Center includes Phase II and III, which are 12-week medically-supervised programs including monitored exercise and education including nutritional counseling, stress reduction, smoking cessation and other activities designed to reduce the patient's risk of a heart attack and promote a healthier lifestyle. A Phase IV supervised exercise p
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