Anxiety & Depression Associated With Increased Chest Pain

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A new study may have found a link between angina and depression and anxiety. Published in the June 30th addition of Circulation, Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and colleagues, found that ischemic heart patients who had anxiety or depression were more likely to suffer angina than patients without these psychological issues. Additionally, the study suggested that angina, which is associated with blocked arteries, may also have an association with depression and anxiety. According to the study, coronary artery disease patients with moderate anxiety were up to four times as likely to have angina. Those with clinical depression were over three times as likely to have angina. The researchers commented on the findings saying, “Among patients with a similar burden of inducible ischemia, a history of coronary revascularization and current anxiety and depressive symptoms were associated with more frequent angina… these results support the study of angina treatment strategies that aim to reduce psychosocial distress in conjunction with efforts to lessen myocardial ischemia.” Click here to read an article from HeartWire that discusses this study more.

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