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Study: PTSD Linked To Heart Disease In Veterans

Research has found that those currently suffering from chronic panic attacks, flashbacks, and sleeplessness related to a previous trauma—all signs of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)—have higher rates of heart problems.
Nearly 23 percent of the PTSD sufferers had a heart attack, hospitalization for a blocked artery, or signs of heart disease on imaging tests compared to 9 percent of those who never had PTSD.

June 28, 2013 at 1:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Big Weight Loss For Diabetics, But No Drop In Heart Risk

Weight loss improves physical function and quality of life, and causes reduction in risk factors like lipids and blood pressure with less reliance on medication, better diabetes control with less reliance on medication, improved sleep, psychological and emotional health benefits, and many others but it doesn't lower heart attack risk.

June 28, 2013 at 12:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heart Failure Treatment Improves, But Death Rate Remains High

Heart attacks are a leading killer of both men and women in the United States. The good news is that excellent treatments are available for heart attacks. These treatments can save lives and prevent disabilities.But still this is not enough to prevent the life of thousands of people who only die because of heart failure.
My best wishes to the Horvich team who are doing great.

June 28, 2013 at 12:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Antidepressant May Protect The Heart Against Mental Stress

Stress is one of the modules in the mind-heart connection. One way to define it would be “the state in which individuals are faced with the need to make difficult or undesirable changes in order to adapt to events and situations in their lives”. The study on the relationship of psychosocial factors to coronary heart disease (CHD) showed that prevalence of CHD was significantly higher among middle-aged and older women who showed aging worries, tension, and anger symptoms.
When you are in a stressful event, physiological changes occur to meet the associated demands in the body. The heartbeat quickens, i.e., the heart pumps harder and faster and the blood pressure rises as well. All is not lost, however. Just as fats, smoking, and alcoholism are modifiable risk factors, so is stress. A number of activities can have beneficial effect on stress.

June 28, 2013 at 12:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )