Possible link between panic attacks, heart problems

December 11, 2008 1:55:30 PM PST
There could be a link between panic attacks and heart problems. Research in the European Heart Journal says panic disorders might trigger nervous system changes which could help clog arteries.

In the study of people diagnosed with panic attacks those under 50 were 38 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 44 percent more likely to develop heart disease compared with those without the condition.

Also, for people over the age of 50, the risk's of heart disease was still increased but to a much lesser extent.

Scientists say the symptoms of panic attacks can closely mimic those of a heart attack or cardiac disease and it seems there is a complex relationship between them.


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