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Can PTSD cause attrial fib.

By May 18, 2013 - 3:00pm
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I am a Vietnam vet and have PTSD. After a long battle with the VA I have proved that I have PTSD. I am almost 64 years and started having problem with attrail fib when I was 36 years old. I have been on meds for since I was 49 and at 56 the meds. would no longer control it. Since then I have had four ablation procedures done in the VA Dallas hospital. No other members of my family have had this problem, not even any of my cousins. I began having problems with my stomach while still in Vietnam, that has continued since that time and has progressive got worst. I am certain that the stress from PTSD has caused both my stomach

problems and the attrail fib. I need access whatever studies that link PTSD to attrail fib. As we all know the VA is hard to deal with, one must prove everything to them.

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Jerry Williams

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Hi Jerry,

Thank you for your service to this Country. I work in the field of toxic exposures and the probability of exposures to a medical condition. As a part of my position, I also link secondary conditions to their primary conditions. I have researched your question and it appears that PTSD and atrial fibrillation are not correlated with each other in recent studies. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat and not very uncommon. Many individuals may have this condition their entire life which may never become life threatening although in some cases medical treatment is necessary. From my research, I just couldn't find a link to PTSD although continue searching as PTSD is a condition that is constantly researched. Best of luck.


May 19, 2013 - 6:20am
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