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PTSD linked to heart disease, other illnesses.

A new study of veterans from World War U and Korea suggests that vets with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are at greater risk of heart attacks as they get older.

The new study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs is the first to document a link between PTSD symptoms and future heart disease.

A second study funded by the Army found that soldiers returning from combat in Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder reported worse physical health, more doctor visits and more missed workdays. The Army study is based on a survey of 2,863 soldiers one year after combat.
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Publication:DAV Magazine
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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