Panic Attacks and Severe Anxiety May Cause Heart Attacks Being Literally Scared To Death
Mike's comments in bold.
Panic disorder involves unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms including chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness or abdominal distress. Panic disorder patients are more likely to be female, overweight, smokers and have a history of depression.
About 2.4 million Americans annually experience panic episodes, and the manifestations often mimic symptoms of a heart attack. The disorder can be treated by medications and psychotherapy. Hello! Add "the way they breathe please".
Nearly 14 million Americans have a history of coronary heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.
The mechanism by which incidents of panic disorder might trigger coronary heart disease is not known. Hey guys, ever hear of anyone "scared to death." The ultimate psychosomatic disorder.
However, they note that certain stress responses to depression already have been shown to increase the risk of coronary heart disease, I think of depression as a "depressed breath" which reinforces the study's conclusion that the association between a panic disorder and coronary heart disease "suggests the need for cardiologists and internists to monitor panic disorder" in the interest of cutting the risk of coronary heart disease. AMEN.
Jack Gorman, M.D., more work is needed "to understand the basic biological link between the brain and the heart that explains these phenomena." "Brain and heart"? People, you forgot breathing.
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals funded the study. I wonder if they will be interested in breathing development? Hope so but I am not holding my breath till I see that. complete article