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PTSD Increases Risk for Stroke in Younger Years

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


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  • Psychological factors, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may be an important risk factor in cases of early-onset stroke
  • Veterans with PTSD were 61% more likely to have a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini stroke, and 36% more likely to have ischemic stroke than veterans without PTSD
  • Previous research also found that psychological stressors, including general stress, adverse life events and financial stress, predicted risk of stroke, with the effect being stronger in younger adults compared to older adults
  • PTSD is linked with many stroke risk factors, including high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as unhealthy lifestyle habits, which is one reason why it may increase the risk
  • Natural treatments, including orange essential oil, animal-assisted therapy and the Emotional Freedom Techniques, may help PTSD sufferers

Every year in the U.S., approximately 795,000 people have a stroke and 140,000 die as a result, making strokes not only a leading cause of death but also a common cause of serious, long-term disability.

Most often, strokes occur in those over the age of 65, but they can strike younger adults as well. In 2009, 34% of those hospitalized due to a stroke where under 65 years old, serving as a reminder that this condition may occur at any age.

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