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Anxiety and Heart Disease - What's the Connection?

There is a well-known link between major depression and heart disease. People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression than otherwise healthy people. Angina and heart attacks are closely linked with depression. However, much less is known about how anxiety affects the heart. Various studies have found that 3 out of 10 patients with heart disease have symptoms of anxiety. Moreover, severe anxiety, which may appear as a panic attack, can mimic a…

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