Generalized anxiety disorder patients seek evaluation for cardiological symptoms at the same frequency as patients with panic disorder

Mary Beth Logue, Ann Muir Thomas, James G. Barbee, Rudolf Hoehn-Saric, Richard J Maddock, John Schwab, Rebecca D. Smith, Mark Sullivan, Bernard D. Beitman

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Abstract

Although panic disorder (PD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have similar somatic symptoms, panic attacks with chest pain and/or palpitations may seem more likely to be mistaken for heart attacks because of their acute onset. One would therefore expect that PD patients are more likely than GAD patients to seek cardiological consultations. In a survey of 146 PD and 154 GAD patients entering a multi-site drug trial, we found virtually identical rates of such consults. Approximately 50% of each patient group sought medical evaluation for cardiac symptoms. Furthermore, 40% of each group had standard treadmill evaluations and 33% reported having an echocardiogram. This study suggests that future epidemiological studies in cardiology populations should include probes for generalized anxiety disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

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Symptom Assessment
Panic Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Cardiology
Chest Pain
Epidemiologic Studies
Referral and Consultation
Myocardial Infarction
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Population

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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Generalized anxiety disorder patients seek evaluation for cardiological symptoms at the same frequency as patients with panic disorder. / Logue, Mary Beth; Thomas, Ann Muir; Barbee, James G.; Hoehn-Saric, Rudolf; Maddock, Richard J; Schwab, John; Smith, Rebecca D.; Sullivan, Mark; Beitman, Bernard D.

In: Journal of Psychiatric Research, Vol. 27, No. 1, 1993, p. 55-59.

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Logue, Mary Beth ; Thomas, Ann Muir ; Barbee, James G. ; Hoehn-Saric, Rudolf ; Maddock, Richard J ; Schwab, John ; Smith, Rebecca D. ; Sullivan, Mark ; Beitman, Bernard D. / Generalized anxiety disorder patients seek evaluation for cardiological symptoms at the same frequency as patients with panic disorder. In: Journal of Psychiatric Research. 1993 ; Vol. 27, No. 1. pp. 55-59.
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