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January 2009 Br J Cardiol 2009;16:16-14

Panic attacks linked to higher risk of heart attacks and heart disease

BJCardio editorial staff

Abstract

The study – which looked at 57,615 adults diagnosed with panic attacks/disorders and 347,039 adults who did not have the condition – found that people who were younger than 50 when first diagnosed had a significantly higher risk of MI but this was not the case in older people. It also found there was a significantly higher incidence of subsequent coronary heart disease (CHD) in people diagnosed with panic attacks/disorders at all ages, but this was more marked in the under 50s. Interestingly, amongst people of all ages, the research showed that the risk of dying from CHD was actually reduced.

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