Monday, July 4, 2011

Cardiac Risk For Victims of PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a cluster of symptoms including emotional numbing, avoidance in certain situations, hyperarousal, sleep disruptions and impaired concentration.

At the end of last year the American Heart Association reported that "post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more than doubles a veteran's risk of death from any cause" because PTSD appears to clog arteries with greater calcium buildup.

Veterans who suffer from it should be diagnosed and treated aggressively for cardiovascular risk.

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