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Heart attack can trigger PTSD

June 25, 2012
  • By Holly Strawbridge, Former Editor, Harvard Health

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Holly Strawbridge, Former Editor, Harvard Health

Holly Strawbridge was the executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter from May 2012 to June 2013. See Full Bio
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Tom Charles
August 14, 2012

Nice post of Recognizing and treating PTSD. Thanks for the good information.

Paul F Davis
July 30, 2012

Thank you for this needful and valuable discussion on Heart Attack.

July 23, 2012

My ex was suffering of ptsd after she got abused by her step father. It cause secondary problem during our relationship. She consulted but no real results.

July 16, 2012

I survived a heart attack in February 2011. It was sudden cardiac arrest. The experience in the hospital was the worst. No one told me what had happened, why I was there when I woke up 4 days later, isolated in ICU. It happened at work and going there everyday makes it hard. It seems as if they expect me to be leaping with joy 24/7 and the reality for me is that I’m scared.

July 15, 2012

I’ll be sure to tell my friends to their friends if we have known someone with PTSD. It’s a very important info, especially those with heart attack

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July 6, 2012

Wonderful post, I will certainly be more wary in my own lifestyle to avoid this particular disorder. A very sad disorder indeed, my heart goes out to its victims.

July 6, 2012

In an interesting twist on the issue, I have treated a patient who had severe PTSD and a defibrialtor implant. In her case the heart problems exacerbated the anxiety. Of course treating the anxiety effectively goes a lon way towards treating both.

July 1, 2012

Family plays a very important role for heart attack survivors not only to take care of the patients’ physical condition, but the most important thing is taking care of the patients’ mental condition.

July 1, 2012

Thanks for the post. It is very helpful.

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June 27, 2012

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June 27, 2012

thanks for this wonderful post.. this is nice insight about heart attack,.,helped me a lot!

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June 26, 2012

I wanted to know, on age how many someone could exposed to a heart attack?
To my knowledge, most people who have a heart attack are those who are adults and the elderly. is it possible for those who are still children could have a heart attack?

Good information.
By reading this article, I was more fond of my heart. and live a healthier life.

Rio Davis
June 25, 2012

So, what does Re-experiencing the traumatic event means? I learn more to prevent my health of getting heart attack. Could you give your suggestion, having a good life to prevent this.


June 25, 2012

I dated a girl that had PTSD from a robbery that occurred when she was a child. She was still having nightmares and many of the symptoms above in her early thirties. I went to some of her talk therapy and learned about how they treat PTSD. It is sad disorder.

June 25, 2012

Great Post, thanks for the information.

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