Washington: One in eight people who suffer a heart attack or other acute coronary event experience clinically significant symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a meta-analysis of 24 studies has revealed.The study led by Columbia University Medical Center researchers also showed that heart patients who suffer PTSD face twice the risk of having another cardiac event or of dying within one to three years, compared with those without PTSD.“While most people think of PTSD as a disorder of combat veterans and sexual assault survivors, it is also quite common among patients who have had a severe coronary event,” said lead author Donald Edmondson, PhD, assistant professor of behavioral medicine at CUMC.
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