Wednesday, June 20, 2012

PTSD Risk In Survivors

According to a study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, 1 out of every 8 heart attack survivors suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This startling statistic can double the risk of having another heart attack and even death. Symptoms can include recurrent nightmares, flashbacks to the time of the attack, anxiety and avoidance of heart attack related topics and places. It's primarily rooted in trauma.

Although you may not have PTSD, it is evident in the research that survivors experience a whole host of emotional leftovers after a heart attack. Fear, depression, anxiety and anger are common reactions to a heart attack. Please don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Use the safe people in your life to talk and vent. There's also no shame in counseling or therapy. Take care of your emotions and you take care of your heart. ♥

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