CHD & GAD a bad combo

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According to a study published in the July issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) who also have anxiety are at a higher risk for cardiovascular events, including stroke, myocardial infarction, heart failure and death. Among the 1000 patients surveyed in the study, those with CHD and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) had a 74% increased risk of cardiovascular events compared to patients with CHD alone. According to Elisabeth J. Martens, PhD, of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and colleagues, “We found a strong and robust association between generalized anxiety disorder and cardiovascular events that could not be explained by disease severity, health behaviors, or biological mediators.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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