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Traumatic Stress Is Heartbreaking

  • Viola Vaccarino
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    Address correspondence to Viola Vaccarino, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Professor of Medicine, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, Room 3011, Atlanta, GA 30322
    Affiliations
    Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
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  • J. Douglas Bremner
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    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
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      There is growing recognition that the consequences of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on health may reach far beyond the neuropsychiatric sphere. For many years, studies have documented numerous physical health problems in PTSD (
      • Qureshi S.
      • Pyne J.
      • Magruder K.
      • Schulz P.
      • Kunik M.
      The link between post-traumatic stress disorder and physical comorbidities: A systematic review.
      ), and a possible connection between PTSD and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) has received special attention.
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