Which cardiovascular diseases should be considered in the diagnosis of panic disorder?

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Mohammed A Memon, MD; Chief Editor: Randon S Welton, MD  more...
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Cardiovascular disease and panic disorder

Persons with panic disorder are no less likely (and are perhaps even twice as likely) to have coronary artery disease than is the general population. [23] In one study, approximately 44% of emergency department patients with panic disorder had a history of coronary disease. [2]

Exclude acute coronary syndromes in patients with risk factors, history, and electrographic findings before labeling the event as panic. Patients with supraventricular tachycardia have the potential to be misdiagnosed with panic disorder in more than 50% of cases; panic disorder may be missed if cardiac event monitoring is not obtained.


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