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The analysis of the link between posttraumatic stress disorder, stress-induced cortisol production, and heart disease

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A number of links between posttraumatic stress disorder, cortisol, and heart disease have been established, although the final synthesis has yet to be developed. The pure correlation between heart disease and posttraumatic stress disorder has become a standard conclusion. Recent studies have documented this connection between PTSD and heart disease, in that men with PTSD have a higher incidence of heart disease and related symptoms (Kuehn, 2007, p. 799). There is some belief that there may be a reverse causality ? that men who are susceptible to PTSD, perhaps due to low cortisol levels, are then more at risk for heart disease. There have also been studies which focus on the psychological effects of PTSD as the primary cause.

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