PTSD and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Our work has focused on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a psychological mechanism underlying the link between trauma and cardiovascular disease risk. PTSD is the quintessential trauma-related mental disorder, characterized by symptoms of re-experiencing of the trauma, avoidance of trauma reminders, arousal, and negative alterations in cognition and mood. Our research suggests that the impact of PTSD does not end with the mind but also extends to the heart.