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High Levels of Stress After 9/11 Raised Heart Disease Risk
Date:1/7/2008

e of tragedy -- this type of assault on our country -- highlights the psychological national identity that this threat was a threat to all," said Samuel F. Sears, a professor of psychology and director of health psychology at East Carolina University.

"This is continued evidence of the powerful role of experiences on both physical and mental health interrelationships," Sears said. "But there were unique characteristics about this threat that have increased cardiovascular events."

Those characteristics include the number of people killed on 9/11, the unpredictability of the attacks, and the ongoing threat of terrorism, Sears said. "It's like a natural disaster that could occur every day without warning," he said.

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For more information on post-traumatic stress disorder, visit the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.



SOURCES: E. Alison Holman, F.N.P., Ph.D., assistant professor, nursing science, University of California, Irvine; Samuel F. Sears, Ph.D., professor, psychology, and director, health psychology program, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.; January 2008 Archives of General Psychiatry


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