Veteranclaims’s Blog

August 3, 2013

New Study Finds Double Risk Factor for Heart Disease in PTSD Sufferers

A June 25 study appearing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, nearly doubled the risk factor for developing heart disease in war veterans, confirming what this previous
2011 UCSF Research study found that people with PTSD have a higher rate of heart disease, they have a higher rate of developing dementia,” said Dr. Thomas Neylan, director of the PTSD program at San Francisco VA Medical Center]

“As time goes by, it’s become more and more clear that PTSD is not just something that impacts psychological health. It has broad repercussions throughout the body,” said Dr. Viola Vaccarino from the Emory University School of Public Health in Atlanta, the study’s lead author.

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