Update: Link to study results by National Institutes of Health
In a very concerning new study, researchers have found that the chances of heart disease double for veterans with PTSD. The study was conducted on Vietnam War veterans who had PTSD. This underscores the need for more studies and treatment for this life altering disorder.
Update: The NIH study write-up is here.
Post-traumatic stress disorder may take a toll on the hearts of military service members.
Researchers studying veterans of the Vietnam War discovered service members who had been diagnosed with PTSD faced double the risk of developing heart disease than soldiers without the mental health condition.
The research provides the first long-term look at the association between PTSD and heart disease using computerized imaging techniques.
“This study provides further evidence that PTSD may affect physical health,” Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, director of the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which partially funded the study, said in a statement. “Future research to clarify the mechanisms underlying the link between PTSD and heart disease in Vietnam veterans and other groups will help to guide the development of effective prevention and treatment strategies for people with these serious conditions.”
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