Boca Raton Psychologist

From, the June 29, 2010 issue of  the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has two articles and an editorial this month about anxiety predicting heart disease years later.  In one of the studies, 50,000 men were followed for 37 years.  Those with anxiety disorders were twice as likely to suffer from heart disease or an acute heart attack.  In the other study, with an 11 year follow-up, there was a 50% increase in  risk of cardiac death for people with anxiety disorders.

What does this mean for anxious people?  Seek help very early.  What does this mean for cardiologists? Evaluate your clients for anxiety and refer them for treatment when indicated.  What does this mean for the Boca Raton Psychologist AKA “Dr. Relax”?  Inform your clients about the relationship between anxiety and heart disease, the importance of  treatment and the importance of  practicing relaxation and stress management techniques forever.  (Don’t we brush our teeth every day?) Furthermore, follow-up with your psychologist when anxiety provoking life events (such as graduation, marriage, having children, retirement, etc) occur.

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