Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Evidence that Depression = Heart Problems

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Gordon, J. L., Ditto, B., La Voie, K. L., Pelleteir, R., Campbell, T. S., Arsenault, A., & Bacon, S. L. (2011). The effect of major depression on postexercise cardiovascular recovery.  Psychophysiology, 48(11), 1604-1609.  

Research has already started to show a direct link between depression and a greater chance for heart attack. New research has taken this a step further by linking depression with a slower cardiovascular recovery time after exercise. Specifically, they found a slower recovery in the heart rate after exercise in participants with major depression.  The abstract is here.   

These findings emphasize the importance of more research using music to influence mood state. Music can effectively be used in a lifestyle change to improve mood and avoid some of the dire effects of heart disease and poor cardiovascular health!

Here are just a few of the links to find out more about music therapy and heart health:

And don't forget to show your support of using music to help with heart health by sporting some of the cool gear from the Music for the Heart story at CafePress!  

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