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Vietnam Vets With PTSD More Than Twice As Likely To Have Heart Disease

(6/25/2013)

Vietnam Vets With PTSD More Than Twice As Likely To Have Heart Disease
NIH News
June 25, 2013

Male twin Vietnam veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were more than twice as likely as those without PTSD to develop heart disease during a 13-year period, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health.  This is the first long-term study to measure the association between PTSD and heart disease using objective clinical diagnoses combined with cardiac imaging techniques.  “This study provides further evidence that PTSD may affect physical health,” said Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which partially funded the study. “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.”

View the full article here: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2013/nhlbi-25.htm


Keywords: vietnam, vets, PTSD, heart, disease



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