Fear of Terrorist Attacks Is Connected with Heart Disease

Pharmacy Times, Volume 0, 0

Israeli researchers have found that fearand heart disease are linked. Their study,which involved 1153 healthy men andwomen, compared fear of terror attackswith levels of C-reactive protein. The proteinis a strong predictor of atherosclerosisand other cardiovascular diseases. Theresults showed that fear of terror almostdoubled the risk of high C-reactive proteinamong the women.

Lead researcher Samuel Melamed,PhD, concluded, "This study demonstratesfor the first time, in a sample of apparentlyhealthy workers, that the psychologicalreaction of chronic fear of terror has a negativeimpact on health in women." (Thefindings were reported in PsychosomaticMedicine, July/August 2004.)