Harvard Heart Letter

Easing depression and anxiety in people with heart disease

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Phone-based therapy eased depression
in heart patients.

A six-month program decreased depression and led to fewer, less severe symptoms of heart disease.

Surviving a heart attack or other serious heart-related problem is a major life stress. "As you recover, it's normal to be moody, anxious, irritable, or on edge," says Dr. Jeff C. Huffman, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. It's also not unusual for these feelings to linger for weeks.

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