Monday, February 03, 2014

Children can get chest pains from panic attacks

In the current issue of Child Psychiatry and Human Development is a study done in Israel of 132 children and adolescents presenting with chest pain in ERs in NYC.

Besides heart checkups, the kids with chest pains were rated for panic and mood disorders on a scale from zero to 8. Both the kids and the parents were questioned, but separately.

A fifth of the kids had a 4 or better, suggesting a panic attack or panic disorder. Another 12% rated a 3.

Adults with panic disorder often report non-cardiac chest pain, but it was considered less likely to be from panic disorder in children.

Apparently kids get it, too.

Something to keep in mind, I guess.

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