Review Links Anxiety Disorders to Risk of Cardiovascular Events

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Review Links Anxiety Disorders to Risk of Cardiovascular Events
Review Links Anxiety Disorders to Risk of Cardiovascular Events

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety disorders are associated with a range of cardiovascular events, according to a meta-analysis published in the Aug. 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

Connor A. Emdin, from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and colleagues conducted a systematic review of the literature to examine the correlation between anxiety and cardiovascular diseases. Forty-six cohort studies involving participants with and without anxiety, including individuals with anxiety, worry, posttraumatic stress disorder, phobic anxiety, and panic disorder, were reviewed.

The researchers found that anxiety correlated with a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, and heart failure (relative risks, 1.41, 1.41, 1.71, and 1.35, respectively). There was no significant correlation for anxiety with major cardiovascular events or atrial fibrillation, although the confidence intervals were wide. Compared with other anxiety disorders, phobic anxiety correlated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease; posttraumatic stress disorder was associated with an elevated risk of stroke. In sensitivity analyses the results were broadly consistent.

"Anxiety disorders are associated with an elevated risk of a range of different cardiovascular events, including stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and cardiovascular death," the authors write. "Whether these associations are causal is unclear."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions

More in Home

Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria Found in Hospital Sinks

Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria Found in Hospital Sinks

Drug-resistant bacteria can colonize in drains, spread to sinks, and eventually reach patients

AAP Addresses Rising Risks to Youth From New Marijuana Laws

AAP Addresses Rising Risks to Youth From New ...

Legalization in many states may lead parents, children to think the drug is benign

AAP Offers Guidance for Treating Victims of Sexual Assault

AAP Offers Guidance for Treating Victims of Sexual ...

Physicians need to be comfortable screening for it, offering additional help if needed

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »