Friday, 28 June 2013

PTSD is linked to veterans’ heart disease risk

Jerry Heinzel (left) points to a name of their fallen comrade inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial as Lenard Guillen looks on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2013. Guillen and Heinzel, along with others, took part in the 25th anniversary for the Ride For The Wall, an annual motorcycle ride from California to the Vietnam War memorial in Washington D.C. The purpose of the ride are to remind those that there are MIAs/POWs unaccounted for, as well as to offer healing and honor those who served.

Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder may have more to worry about than a debilitating psychiatric condition.In research published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, scientists studying a group of male twins who served in the military during the Vietnam era — 1964 to 1975 — found that a diagnosis of PTSD more than doubled the likelihood that they would go on to develop heart disease.It wasn't just that veterans with PTSD smoked more and exercised less, though they did. The Emory University researchers controlled for those and other influences on cardiovascular health.The 281 twin pairs in the study were selected from a 3-decade-old government research project called the Vietnam Era Twin Registry. Some had been to Vietnam, while others had never left the United States.  Read more  HERE 

More to worry about then