PTSD Raises Heart and Stroke Risk in World Trade Center Cleanup Crews

PTSD Raises Heart and Stroke Risk in World Trade Center Cleanup Crews

More than 16 years after cleanup was completed at the site of the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City’s World Trade Center complex, many who worked at the disaster site still struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may also have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke as a result, researchers say. Among more than 6,000 men and women who worked at “ground zero” in the last few months of 2001, the risk of heart attack or stroke more than 10 years later was up to three times higher among those with PTSD, the study team...

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