DETROIT (WWJ) – New research is highlighting the physical effects veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It’s the first long-term study to measure the link between PTSD and heart disease, finding Vietnam veterans were twice as likely to develop heart problems.
Doctor Bella Schanzer with Detroit’s Dingell VA Medical Center told WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee the findings underscore the connection between mental and physical health.
“Over the long-term, if your heart is constantly exposed to increased heart rates and high blood pressure, because of your anxiety, that is going to have some impact on the long-term health of your heart,” Schanzer said.
Schanzer says it’s important for vets to deal with the physical and psychological affects of PTSD.
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