Psychotherapy and
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Clinical trials have found that psychotherapy relieves depression and anxiety but does not lower the risk of cardiovascular events or death in heart patients. Clinicians can be prepared to ask their patients about stress, low mood, and isolation. These issues can be addressed in psychotherapy, thus improving the patients morale and the effectiveness of rehabilitation.
Harvard Mental Health Letter, Feb 2006, Vol 22:8

The good news for the more than 71 million Americans suffering from cardiovascular disease is that depression is treatable. Treating depression can have physical benefits as well. Depressed people are less likely to exercise or regularly take their medication. The first step is recognizing the need for treatment.