PTSD Tied To Higher Risk of Heart Failure

PTSD Combined With Brain Injury Compounds Poor Outcomes
PTSD Combined With Brain Injury Compounds Poor Outcomes
Veterans with combat experience were also five times more likely than soldiers who hadn't seen combat to suffer heart failure.

A new study finds that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had a significantly greater risk of developing heart failure when compared with non-PTSD peers.

For the research, Department of Veterans Affairs researchers studied more than 8,000 veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. They discovered those with posttraumatic stress disorder had a nearly 50 percent greater risk of developing heart failure over about a seven-year follow-up period.

The findings, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the American Journal of Public Health, add to a growing body of evidence linking PTSD and heart disease.

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