- Men diagnosed with anxiety in their late teens or early 20s are more than twice as likely to have heart disease or a heart attack later in life than their more laid-back peers, according to a new Swedish study.
As many as 28 percent of people are diagnosed with anxiety at some point in their lives, according to an editorial accompanying the study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Anxiety is more than feeling stressed out. People with anxiety disorders feel excessive or irrational worry and can have anxiety-related physical symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, trembling, sweating, panic, and nausea.
Experts have a number of hypotheses as to why anxiety and heart disease may be linked, though the new research can't confirm that anxiety -- not some other factor -- is the cause of heart disease and heart attacks in the study.