Panic attacks are not only disturbing psychologically, they may also restrict blood flow to the heart and result in chest pain in patients who have heart disease. Using a sophisticated nuclear imaging technique, researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute in Canada determined that 80% of panic disorder participants experienced myocardial ischemia, reduced blood flow to the heart, upon onset of the panic attack. Only about 40% of those patients without the disorder who had the attack experienced such an effect on the heart. Thus, panic attacks, in combination with coronary artery disease, could be a risky business down the road. The researchers note that panic disorder is treatable with a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
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