Symptoms of Anxiety and Heart Disease May Overlap in Women

In this study, anxiety disorders were present in subjects without previously diagnosed heart disease yet they were the ones with more ischemia. This suggests that these women likely HAD heart disease that just hadn’t been diagnosed yet. The reason might have been because their anxiety disorder may have been masking symptoms of heart disease because many of them overlap (e.g., fatigue, decreased energy, heart palpitations, sweating, chest discomfort, hyperventilation, and fear/worry). This could lead physicians to misinterpret symptoms of real heart disease as those of anxiety in women >>> via MedicalResearch.com – February 26, 2016

Anxiety in Women May Mask Heart Disease Symptoms, Researchers Say

Women with an anxiety disorder may have less blood going to their heart when exercising, according to a new study — and researchers suggest doctors may sometimes miss signs of heart disease in these women. Study author Kim Lavoie says the findings may indicate that anxiety symptoms such as chest discomfort or palpitations — which can overlap those of heart disease — may mask heart disease in women. >>> via HealthDay News – February 23, 2016