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Can a case of panic attack or extreme anxiety under stress situations be related to some heart disease?

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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
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In brief: Be careful

It was once believed that mitral valve prolapse could somehow promote panic.
It may be involved in the onset of panic in very few. It with cardiac awareness could be the recipe. Stress can accelerate heart rate - maybe activate an arrythmia as a result - and it is recognized that it can promote angina. Careful medical assessment can offer reassurance that nothing serious medically is causal.

In brief: Be careful

It was once believed that mitral valve prolapse could somehow promote panic.
It may be involved in the onset of panic in very few. It with cardiac awareness could be the recipe. Stress can accelerate heart rate - maybe activate an arrythmia as a result - and it is recognized that it can promote angina. Careful medical assessment can offer reassurance that nothing serious medically is causal.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management

In brief: Maybe

Some patients with impending cardiac events get a "feeling of impending doom" which sometimes quite appropriate.
Even without a serious event being imminent, anxiety can catecholamine (adrenaline) levels which puts additional strain on the heart and vascular system.

In brief: Maybe

Some patients with impending cardiac events get a "feeling of impending doom" which sometimes quite appropriate.
Even without a serious event being imminent, anxiety can catecholamine (adrenaline) levels which puts additional strain on the heart and vascular system.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx
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