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      Cardiac Disease and Nonorganic Chest Pain: Factors Leading to Disability

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          Research has shown that many chest pain patients, without coronary artery disease, may suffer from panic disorder, hypochondriasis, depression, and/or multiple phobias. Some patients with coronary artery disease may also suffer from these disorders and are often unable to return to previous activity. In spite of good prognosis for longevity and acceptable exercise test results, a large proportion of these patients continue to be disabled by chest pain and/or chronic cardiac fears and demand constant medical attention. This study examined the psychiatric and behavioral symptomatology that differentiated four groups of patients experiencing chest pain: the able (active/working patient) with and without coronary artery disease, as determined by exercise thallium-201 studies, and the disabled (inactive/nonworking patient) with and without coronary artery disease. The results of the study indicated that the inactive patients, both with and without heart disease, suffered from a host of debilitating psychiatric conditions.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1995
          1995
          18 November 2008
          : 86
          : 1
          : 15-21
          Affiliations
          Departments of aPsychiatry and bCardiology, State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, N.Y., USA
          Article
          176824 Cardiology 1995;86:15–21
          10.1159/000176824
          7728782
          © 1995 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 7
          Categories
          General Cardiology

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