(HealthDay News) -- People with phobic anxieties, like fear of
crowded places, fear of heights or fear of going outside, are at
higher risk for heart disease than those with fewer or no
Several studies have suggested that anxiety and anger are
associated with an elevated risk of sudden cardiac death. This is
when death occurs within one hour of the onset of symptoms; it's
usually associated with a lethal heart rhythm disturbance.
The following questions, suggested by the American Heart
Association, may help you determine if you need to see a mental
- Do you have an unreasonable fear of being in enclosed spaces
like shops, elevators, etc.?
- Do you find yourself worrying about getting some incurable
- Are you exceptionally afraid of heights?
- Do you feel panicky in crowds?
- Do you worry unduly when relatives are late in coming
- Do you feel more relaxed indoors?
- Do you dislike going out alone?
- Do you feel uneasy traveling on buses or trains even if they
are not crowded?
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