World Trade Center First Responders With PTSD Face Higher Risk For Heart Attack, Stroke

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke, according to a new study of first responders who cleaned up debris at the World Trade Center after 9/11.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, the study adds to the growing body of research connecting cardiovascular health and PTSD, a psychiatric disorder that affects some people who experience military combat, serious accidents, disasters, abuse, or physical or sexual assault. The disorder wasn’t officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association until 1980.

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Posted by Stacia Hickey on Jul 11, 2018 9:52 AM America/Chicago