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Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Another good reason to be treated
There is a close association between PTSD and Heart Disease. Anew study reported in the August 2008 issue of Psychosomatic Medicine shows that having PTSD "significantly raises the risk of premature death from heart disease... [veterans with PTSD are] roughly twice as likely to die from heart disease during follow up as veterans without PTSD." The study was based on data from over 4,000 US veterans. There is a number of routes through which post-traumatic stress may be causing the damage that leads to heart attacks. The sooner trauma is successfully treated, the less damage should be caused.