January 11, 2008

9/11 PTSD Stats Grow

9/11 anxiety caused heart problems for some
, Jan. 8, 2008
Americans who said they became anxious and stressed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks -- some just from watching the collapse of the Twin Towers on television -- reported higher rates of heart disease up to three years later, researchers said.
While several studies have found high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety in first responders or attack survivors, most of the some 2,000 participants in the study, published in January's editions of the Archives of General Psychiatry, had no direct connection to Sept. 11.
[...] In the three years after the attacks, they said they were either diagnosed for the first time, or diagnosed with worsening cases of hypertension, irregular heartbeats and other heart problems, said lead researcher Alison Holman of the University of California-Irvine.

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