Worrying about your heart increases risk for mental health d
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Researchers find out that young adults who experience heart-focused anxiety could be at greater risk for mental health disorders. The study was published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

The population segment included is 169 college-aged Latinx young adults with previous trauma who were born in the United States. Their trauma might include racism-related and transgenerational stress.

According to previous research, the Latinx population can somaticize mental health problems, meaning they don't view them as mental health issues, but rather turn them into physical symptoms and report them as such. As an example, anxiety might be reported as a headache or a problem with breathing.

"This population also struggles with a lot of chronic physical health co-morbidities including heart disease and obesity, so this research is a good fit for a population who tends to blame mental health issues on physical ailments, which generates greater mental health risk."

Results indicated that heart-focused anxiety was a statistically significant predictor for general depression and overall anxiety.

"We can screen for heart-focused anxiety and that's much more efficient and precise than screening for a whole range of mental health problems," said the author. "If you reduce heart-focused anxiety, you do that person a great service because you're likely decreasing their risk for a whole range of mental health problems. And that's called precision medicine."

Source: https://link.springer.com/journal/40615
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