Can A Panic Attack Cause A Heart Attack? | World Of Psychology

What that connection is, however, remains open to additional research. Smoller and his colleagues (2007) decided to see whether panic attacks are associated with a greater risk of either a heart attack or stroke in older women. They examined data from 10 clinical centers of the large 40-center Womens Health Initiative. The study looked at a total of 3369 generally-healthy postmenopausal women (aged 51-83 years) enrolled between 1997 and 2000 in the Myocardial Ischemia and Migraine Study who completed a questionnaire about occurrence of panic attacks in the previous 6 months. Then they looked at all cardiovascular events, including those that resulted in a persons death. The researchers defined full-blown panic attacks as sudden fear, anxiety , or extreme discomfort accompanied by four or more DSM-defined panic attack symptoms. A total of 330 patients reported experiencing full-blown panic attacks over the 6 months before the study, and 273 had experienced limited-symptom panic attacks (anxiety plus 13 panic attack symptoms).
Source: Can a Panic Attack Cause a Heart Attack? | World of Psychology

Anxious parents often have anxious children, study shows | Deseret News

Some research looking at the causes of panic attacks is focused on serotonin, a natural chemical in the brain that helps send messages between brain cells and maintain mental balance. One such study is looking at serotonins role in the fight or flight response to life events. Panic: Why You May Be at Risk Factors that may play a role in panic disorder or make you more likely to develop it include: Your environment. Having traumatic events or being abused early in life may raise your risk of panic disorder. Genes. Experts think that many genes may contribute to a person’s risk of developing panic disorder. Brain issues. People with panic disorder may have differences in certain brain structures, or different chemical levels or types of activity in particular areas of their brain.
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Half the families received therapy through a “coping and promoting strength program,” and half received no therapy. One-third of the families who did not receive therapy had children who developed anxiety disorders after a year of observation, but no children developed anxiety in the families that received therapy. According to the National Institute of Mental Health , 8 percent of teenagers ages 13 through 18 have an anxiety disorder, and the symptoms usually manifest around age six. Anxiety can manifest in children for a variety of reasons, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and specific fear stimulants. However, “children of parents with anxiety disorders are two to seven times more likely to have an anxiety disorder compared with children from families in which neither parent has an anxiety disorder,” Ginsberg states in the report. In reporting on the study, NPR told the story of a young boy, Noah, who feared school because he was afraid of throwing up. He could only stay at school the entire day if he was allowed to call home as often as he needed.
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