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Exercise helps depressed heart disease patients as much as meds

Posted: August 1, 2012 |   Comments

(Reuters Health) - People with heart disease who are also depressed may get as much relief from their depression symptoms with regular exercise as with medication, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that of 101 heart patients with signs of depression, those who exercised for 90 minutes per week and those who started taking Zoloft both improved significantly compared to participants assigned to drug-free placebo pills.

Pfizer supplied the Zoloft (known generically as sertraline) and placebos for the study, but researchers said the company was not involved with any other part of it.

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