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Can depression affect your heart?

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Chest pain and rapid heartbeat can be related to lung or heart problems, even serious ones like a heart attack. But they also can be symptoms of depression and anxiety, what doctors call "anxious depression." These chest pains can often be chronic in those with depression, but may be felt suddenly in those with anxiety. If you are having these, see a doctor right away.

SOURCES: David Baron, MSEd, DO, chairman of psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine. WebMD Medical Reference: "Heart Disease Symptoms;" "Understanding Back Pain;" and "An Overview of Arthritis." Body illustration created exclusively for WebMD by


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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 10, 2017

SOURCES: David Baron, MSEd, DO, chairman of psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine. WebMD Medical Reference: "Heart Disease Symptoms;" "Understanding Back Pain;" and "An Overview of Arthritis." Body illustration created exclusively for WebMD by


Andy Matlock

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 10, 2017

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