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Anxiety Drug Shows Promise in Treating Stress-Related Heart Condition

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Doctors commonly prescribe antidepressants for patients with a range of issues, including anxiety and other mental disorders aside from depression.  Those anxiety patients sometimes also experience a condition called mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia (MSIMI), in addition to stable coronary heart disease.  New research shows that the antidepressant Lexapro, also known as escitalopram, prescribed to these patients may also be improving their stress-related heart conditions.  Dr. Wei Jiang of Duke Medical School stated that this is the first time studies show promise for treating a heart problem with an "emotion-modulating medication."  This is an important finding, especially considering that there are currently no other options to treat MSIMI.

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