January 28, 2011
Wounded Vets at Risk for Heart Disease
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- War veterans who were wounded may be more likely to die from coronary heart disease, according to a new study.
Researchers surveyed a group of 55-year-old Finnish World War 2 veterans in 1980 and then followed up on their study 28 years later. During the follow-up period, 140 out of the 412 deaths were due to coronary heart disease. Wounded veterans were 1.7-times more likely to die from coronary heart disease than the comparison group.
"Our findings support the concept that the effects of traumatic events at early adulthood may have long-term consequences on an individual's health," Dr. Seppo Nikkari, from the University of Tampere in Finland, was quoted as saying.
SOURCE: BioMed Central, January, 2011