PEOPLE who experience anxiety, racing heartbeat and rapid breathing of a panic attack have a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, researchers have said.
â€œOur study adds panic attacks to the list of emotional states and psychiatric symptoms that have been linked to excess risk of cardiovascular disease and death,â€ revealed the study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Previous research found that people with persistent feelings of depression, anger and hostility are at higher risk of heart attack.
The study identified a more than three-fold increased risk of a heart attack or stroke within five years in 330 women who had originally reported a panic attack in the prior six months.
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