4 Your Health: PTSD not only reason for high rates of heart disease

PTSD is not the only condition that contributes to veterans’ heart disease New research suggests PTSD alone does not increase the risk of heart disease in veterans.

Researchers studied health records from more than 4,000 veterans who had not previously been diagnosed with heart disease. The veterans with PTSD were more likely to develop heart disease compared to those without it. But those with the disorder were also more likely to smoke, have Type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Scientists were not able to find a single condition that explained the link between heart disease and PTSD.

Inflammation linked to memory loss

Chronic inflammation in middle age may lead to thinking and memory problems later in life.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University followed more than 12,000 people for about 20 years. Those who suffered from inflammation were more likely to have a decline in cognitive skills.

Symptoms include joint pain or stiffness and can be caused by autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis.

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