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War trauma may raise heart risks
Posted 01/19/2007

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs documents a link between PTSD and future heart disease.This new study joins existing evidence that vets are more prone to autoimmune diseases. The researchers are affiliated with Harvard and Boston University and results appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Another study, this one funded by the Army, looked at 2,863 solidiers a year after returning from combat in Iraq and found that those returning with PTSD had overall worse physical health. Results from the Army study appeared in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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