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Worrying about health increases the risk of heart attack
When the study started, the study participants had completed the Whiteley Index. That is a questionnaire that measures how much a person worries about his health.
On the basis of the outcomes, the researchers divided the participants into 5 equally large groups [quintiles]. Quintile 1 [Q1] = the most carefree participants; Quintile 5 [Q5] = the participants who were most concerned about their health.
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"This finding is of public health significance as ischaemic heart disease is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide." "If persons with high levels of health anxiety stay alert with the intention to better 'control' and 'detect' early signs of severe somatic diseases, it might contribute to unintentional harmful effects as the autonomous activation associated with anxiety in general likely is associated with increased risk of ischaemic heart disease."
"These findings illustrate the dilemma for clinicians between reassuring the patient that current physical symptoms of anxiety do not represent heart disease, contrasted against the emerging knowledge on how anxiety, over time, may be causally associated with increased risk of ischaemic heart disease."
"At best, this finding might encourage patients to seek treatment for health anxiety and to trust their heart."