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Panic Attacks Associated with Cardiovascular Risk in Older Women

October 1, 2007­–BOSTON­–Post-menopausal women who experience at least one full-blown panic attack may have an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke and an increased risk of death in the next five years, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

Panic attacks involve the sudden development of fear, anxiety or extreme discomfort accompanied by four or more additional symptoms, such as rapid pulse and shortness of breath. They may occur sporadically or as part of an anxiety disorder, such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder or phobias.

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