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Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2007 Mar;15(3):262-5.

Scared to death: results from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition study.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA. gbrenes@wfubmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study is to determine if anxiety is associated with mortality and if race moderates and depression mediates this relationship.

METHOD:

Participants are 3,015 adults aged 70-79 years.

RESULTS:

Anxiety symptoms were significant predictors of all-cause, cardiovascular, and noncardiovascular mortality among blacks but not whites. Depression was not related to mortality.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although the mechanisms that underlie the relationship between anxiety and mortality are unknown, routine assessment of anxiety symptoms in clinical practice, particularly in black older adults, seems prudent.

PMID:
17322138
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PMCID:
PMC2879643
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