Neurosis marked by exaggerated concern with the state of one’s heart in the absence of heart disease, also known as Neurocirculatory asthenia.
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A syndrome characterized by palpitations, dyspnea, a sense of fatigue, fear of effort, and discomfort brought on by exercise or even slight effort; considered by most authorities to be a particular presentation of an anxiety disorder, the physical symptoms being attributed to autonomic responses to anxiety or to hyperventilation. The disease is emotional in origin and fear is the emotion involved. Certain proportion of patients become physical invalids if it continues long enough. Fear of heart disease and sudden death take the patient from doctor to doctor.