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Heart Attacks Can Cause PTSD

Harvard Health Blog June 25, 2012 Holly Strawbridge Heart attack can trigger PTSD A heart attack is a life-changing event. For some people, surviving a heart attack brings renewed appreciation for life. For others, the event is so traumatic that worrying about having a second heart attack consumes their lives. By the latest account, 1 in 8 heart-attack survivors experiences a reaction that might be called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although PTSD is usually associated with extreme trauma such as…

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Link Between PTSD and Heart Disease

Study adds evidence on link between PTSD and heart failure March 31, 2015 In a study of more than 8,000 Veterans living in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, those with posttraumatic stress disorder had a nearly 50 percent greater risk of developing heart failure over about a seven-year follow-up period, compared with their non-PTSD peers. The findings appear in the April 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The study adds to a growing body of evidence linking…

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