Study: Women with PTSD at Higher Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

  Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a significantly elevated risk of heart attack and stroke, according to the findings of a new study. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health examined the records of 49,978 women, analyzing factors such as exposure to trauma, PTSD symptoms, and cardiovascular incidents over a 20 …

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You Can Recover from PTSD

PTSD is treatable, and trauma survivors often recover and go on to live happy lives. But PTSD will not disappear on its own; it is a disease that requires medical attention. Here are three common components of PTSD treatment: Medication: The most common medications for PTSD are antidepressants known as selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), but …

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Study Finds Strong Link between PTSD and Heart Disease

A new study based in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands has found a significant correlation between PTSD in veterans and increased risk of heart failure. The study authors describe their findings as the “the first large-scale longitudinal study to report an association between PTSD and incident heart failure in an outpatient sample of U.S. veterans.” …

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Researchers Test Algorithms for PTSD Diagnosis

  Could computer algorithms help doctors diagnose patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) earlier? Researchers at the Danish Veteran Centre are hoping the answer is yes. After collecting data from 957 Israeli trauma victims, the Danish team led by Karen-Inge Karstroft recorded up to 68 patient variables. These variables spanned from demographics, the nature of …

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PTSD Myths Busted

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Make sure you know fact from fiction; here are some widespread PTSD myths debunked: Myth: PTSD isn’t a ‘real’ illness. PTSD is a psychological disease that occurs when someone lives through a traumatic event. Research has shown surviving life-threatening or extremely disturbing …

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Imaging Differentiates PTSD and Mild Brain Injury

Right now, it is difficult for clinicians to make a diagnosis between PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) since patients experience similar symptoms and the conditions are unable to be detected by normal structural neuroimaging. However, using hybrid imaging with positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT), researchers are able to differentiate between the …

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Telemedicine Collaborative Care Helps Vets with PTSD

Through a telemedicine-based collaborative care model, veterans with PTSD who live in rural areas improved upon their clinical outcomes. Of the 500,000 military veterans enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with PTSD, many of them live in rural areas, making it difficult for them to engage in treatments. For the study, John C. Fortney, …

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