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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