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PTSD Increases Heart Disease Risk

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  June 1, 2011 at 11:53 PM Heart Disease News   - G J E 4
According to researchers at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be at a higher risk for heart disease.
 PTSD Increases Heart Disease Risk
PTSD Increases Heart Disease Risk
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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.

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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.


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