People with anxiety disorders have a higher risk of developing and dying of heart disease. Scientists at the Clinic and Policlinic for Psychotherapy and the Institute of Experimental Hematology and Transfusion Medicine may have discovered why this might be true.
Lead scientists, Franziska Geiser and Ursula Harbrecht studied the effects of anxiety on blood coagulation (thickening of the blood or clotting).
For those suffering from panic disorder or anxiety attacks, utter fear are all too well known. Some of the common symptoms of an anxiety attack include heart palpitations, sweating, and tremors. Although physical symptoms such as these are common in panic or anxiety attacks, the symptoms normally disappear once the anxiety attack is over. But does the fear actually cause physical symptoms which can be dangerous?
Our bodies have two distinct functions relating to blood clotting. The first, coagulation, thickens the blood to help form a plug over injuries to reduce...
Blood clots are the clumps that form when blood hardens from liquid to solid. A blood clot that forms in a blood vessel or in the heart and stays put is called a thrombus. A blood clot that moves to another part of the body is called an embolus and the situation is called an embolism. Blood clots can attach to blood vessels and partially or completely block the flow of blood. When a vein swells because of a blood clot, it's called phlebitis. This blockage stops the usual amount of blood and oxygen from reaching the tissues in that location, which can damage the tissue. Blood clots also can increase your risk of having a stroke. A stroke happens when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to the brain.
Symptoms of blood clots include:
warmth and tenderness over the vein
pain or swelling
Certain breast cancer treatments can increase your risk for blood clots. They are:
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab), a targeted therapy
Treatment Lifestyle changes (such as dieting, exercising, and quitting smoking) are the first approach for all degrees of coronary artery disease. Depending on severity and individual conditions, patients may also need one or more medications, surgery, or both. Medications . Many types of medications are used to treat angina and CAD. They include: Anti-platelet and anticoagulant drugs (used for preventing heart disease and preventing blood clots prior to surgery or after stent insertion) Beta blockers ACE inhibitors Nitrates Calcium channel blockers Interventional Procedures and Surgery . Intervention is usually recommended for people who have: Unstable angina that does not respond promptly to medical treatment Severe recurrent episodes of angina that last more than 20 minutes Acute coronary syndrome Severe coronary artery disease (severe angina, multi-artery involvement, evidence of ischemia, or significant narrowing of left main coronary artery), particularly if abnormalities are evident in the l...
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