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Acute Stress, PTSD Linked To Cardiovascular Disease

Recently, a team of researchers have found that patients get on a high risk of cardiovascular disease and other heart-related diseases after they are diagnosed positive to a stress-related condition. Furthermore, patients are further prone to heart failure within one year after they are diagnosed with the psychiatric condition.

Most of the people who have developed PTSD are considered prone to such heart-related diseases. According to researchers, people who have witnessed violent assaults combat or natural disaster are prone to PTSD. In the US alone, there are 3.5% of people who are prone to stress disorder. Some other symptoms of PTSD are getting startled to loud noises, detachment and feeling unrelenting anger.

In many people, scientists have also reported the symptoms of acute stress disorder, which are known to last for about 30 days. In the US, people who survive rape attack or car accidents become prone to acute stress disorder.

At present researchers used data of more than 130,000 patients who were prone to PTSD, acute stress and adjustment disorders. Furthermore, they then ran a comparison between exposed and unexposed cohorts of 171,314 siblings and 1,366,370 individuals. Both of these groups are unexposed cohorts, unlike the first group which consisted of exposed cohorts.

In the initial phase, researchers diagnosed the possibility of cardiovascular disease in three groups. In the exposed cohort group, the rate is around 10.5, while the reading was 8.4 in unexposed siblings and 6.9 in unexposed individuals.

Scientists also established a direct link between the stressful lifestyle and development of cardiovascular diseases in an individual. Contrary to this finding, Simon Bacon stated that it is still unclear whether the stressful condition can give rise to heart attack. Professor Bacon further said that the present research needs to be worked upon thoroughly and researchers should monitor a patient thoroughly before making any inference.

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