According to researchers at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania
people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at a higher risk for
Researchers studied US war veterans and found that those with PTSD were more
likely to have plaque accumulation in the arteries leading to coronary artery
disease. Over 3/4 of the vets with PTSD had coronary atherosclerosis, versus
59% among the other vets. These subjects were then monitored for 3-years and by
the end of this period 17% of those with PTSD had died, compared to 10% of
those without the disorder.
Scientists have added that further studies are required to confirm that PTSD
causes heart disease. They insist that their findings suggest that treating
PTSD as just a mental disorder is not enough anymore.