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Women-Only Cardiac Rehab May Alleviate Anxiety, Depression, Hints Study

Participating in women-only cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs after experiencing an acute coronary event may help alleviate both anxiety and depression in female patients, new research suggests. Results from the Cardiac Rehabilitation for Heart Event Recovery (CR4HER) study showed that the participants randomized to women-only rehab had significantly lower anxiety and depressive symptoms vs the women randomized to undergo mixed-sex cardiac rehab. Although both groups had increased quality-of-life scores from before to after the intervention, only those in the women-only program had significantly improved diet scores. However, the associations did not hold after full adjustments.

The results were published online  in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (2016).