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The Unmerry Heart
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Depression can increase your risk of heart disease. New research confirms that, even in healthy middle-aged women with no apparent signs of coronary heart disease, severe depression appears to dovetail with lifestyle habits that can sabotage heart health and promote the development of atherosclerosis (fatty plaque narrowing the insides of arteries).

To manage depression and improve your health:

1. Volunteer

2. Enjoy regular aerobic exercise

3. Work out feelings of sadness in a journal

4. Practice rhythmic deep breathing twice a day

5. Learn stress management techniques

6. Set proper priorities

7. Improve quality of diet.

Women's Health Advisor

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, September/October 2006. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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