The 36 inpatients who entered this prospective study were admitted to hospital because of cardiac phobia. Their treatment consisted of a behavior therapy program. Twenty-nine of them could be reexamined after 2½ years: 41 % were free of symptoms during more than 75 % of the follow-up period; 59% suffered recurrences of their anxiety. One patient had committed suicide. A lower educational level, being single, and interpersonal difficulties and conflicts were the sociodemographic factors associated with a poor prognosis; a long pretreatment period of illness and the presence of depression or agoraphobia on admission were significantly more frequently correlated with an unfavorable outcome. The onset sequence of depression, agoraphobia and anxiety attacks was also of prognostic relevance.

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