Ptd During The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War not only bring the psychological effects on soldiers but also physiological health effects as well. There were high percentage of soldiers from Vietnam War have developed PTSD. According to the article, "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Incident Heart Failure Among a Community-Based Sample of US Veterans", the authors reported that 15.2% of male veterans and 8.1% of female veterans has the prevalence of PTSD. In 2009, there were 446,045 Veteran Administration patients had diagnose of this psychiatric illness. PTSD is considered as a mental illness which can induce to other physiological disease such as liver disease, digestive disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. One of the popular chronic disease, which can be induce by PTSD is cardiovascular disease. According to the article, “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Cardiovascular Disease”, it studied the correlation of PTSD and other chronic disease from Vietnam veterans. Based from the study, it showed that veterans with PTSD had significantly higher on heart rate, systolic and diastolic bold pressure (Coughlin). These changes can introduce cardiovascular alteration which caused a cardiovascular diseases. Another chronic disease that linked with PTSD is coronary heart disease (CHD). In a case study of twin who were veterans in Vietnam era, the authors found that PTSD was associated with greater than twice the risk of CHD.
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