Anxiety causes heart disease

‘Worried well’ may increase their risk of heart disease

People who needlessly worry that they have, or will develop, serious illness — popularly referred to as ‘the worried well’ — may be boosting their risk of developing heart disease, research published in the online journal BMJ Open has suggested. Anxiety is a known risk factor for heart disease. And health anxiety, which described persistent preoccupation with having or acquiring a serious illness, and seeking prompt medical advice, on the basis of misattributed bodily symptoms in the absence of any physical disease, seemed to be no exception, the researchers stated. And as such, it needed to be taken seriously and…

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