New study links PTSD to heart disease, other ailments

June 25, 2013 8:11 PM

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New study links PTSD to heart disease, other ailments

More scientists worry that mental illnesses from war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, can damage the body as much as the emotions. Some even speculate that war could cause an early aging affect.

An unusual study released today underscores these fears. During 13 years of research, scientists followed twins who were Vietnam-era veterans -- 340 identical and 222 fraternal -- and found that those with PTSD were more than twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease.

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