Stress can be a bummer for your heart. And, it seems, antidepressants may help some people with heart disease better weather that stress.
That's the intriguing suggestion from a study that tested how people with heart disease reacted when faced with challenging mental and social tests.
People who were on an antidepressant while dealing with these stressful situations were less likely to have myocardial ischemia, a condition in which the heart gets less blood. It can cause chest pain, irregular heartbeat and, in the most serious cases, heart damage.
People are often given a treadmill test to diagnose heart disease. They run, or walk, as fast as they can, and doctors measure how well the heart handles the strain. Click for more on this article.