Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, received a grant from the NHLBI at the NIH to study the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.

Many veterens who experience PTSD symptoms have an increased risk of hypertension, ischemic heart disease, diabetes, and dyslipidemia. This study aims to determine if this increased risk can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyle choices that may be used to cope with PTSD, or if the PTSD itself is a risk factor.

Researchers will collect data from medical records from patients treated for PTSD in clinics by the Veterans Administration. The data will then be analyzed to determine if a reduction of symptoms is due to a healthier lifestyle, so patients can be encouraged to make healthy choices at the beginning of treatment.

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