Role Of Exercise In Depression Scholarly Journal
Depression is a serious co-morbidity with a high aggregated incidence in Chronic Heart Failure
( CHF), ranging from 26 per cent for men to 33 per cent for women. The presence of depression in CHF population has been associated with reduced quality of life, increased morbidity, hospitalization rates and mortality. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches for treating CHF depression include psychotherapeutic counseling, complementary and alternative medicine, and general psychosocial and exercise preparation procedures.
However, the best treatment strategy for depression is still under study in regular clinical practice for CHF patients. Training in exercise has been shown to be effective in terms of increasing functional efficiency , improving quality of life
and reducing cardiovascular
mortality in CHF patients, although there is growing evidence that depression rates can also be reduced.
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