Many of us will experience symptoms of anxiety and panic during our lives. In some people, symptoms of anxiety and panic can significantly impair their quality of life. However, as Dr. Una McCann, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, believes from her personal clinical experience, anxiety disorders can also play a major role in heart disease.
I lurched from one panic attack to another, recalls one patient suffering anxiety disorders attacks since her mid-20s. “The anxiety seemingly came from nowhere. Putting on my makeup I’d notice the increasingly unpleasant sensation of butterflies that signals an attack. My limbs would feel as if they had lost all substance. I’d become disorientated and short of breath. My lips and tongue would tingle and I would break out in a sweat. Now, at my 50, after a cardiac arrest, I live in fear that my worrying could kill me.” In fact, only 2% of people survive sudden cardiac arrest. (more…)