PTSD may increase heart disease risk in older men
A higher level of symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder may increase the risk of coronary heart disease in older men, according to a report in the January issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
A link between stress and coronary heart disease (CHD) has long been proposed. Numerous studies have found that cardiovascular disease and its risk factors are more common among individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to background information in the article. But to the authors' knowledge, no prospective studies to date have examined PTSD in relation to