BELL COUNTY (June 27, 2013) -- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder could be taking a toll on the hearts of veterans.
The Journal of American College of Cardiology suggests those diagnosed with PTSD are twice as likely to develop a heart condition compared to soldiers without the mental health condition.
Doctors said stress can directly affect our physical health by increasing blood pressure and heart rate.
Scott & White Cardiologist Dr. John P. Erwin said we all experience some stress in our daily lives and finding constructive ways of dealing with it can help people stay healthy.
"People will describe stress as feeling like something is eating them up inside," Erwin said. "if that is the case, people should seek help with spiritual counselors as well as their health care providers to help them address those and find healthy ways to deal with it."