PTSD common after acute coronary event

A meta-analysis of 24 studies led by Columbia University Medical Centre researchers also revealed that patients with PTSD faced twice the risk of another cardiac event or of dying within one to three years.

But although around 12% of the 2383 patients identified experienced clinically significant symptoms of PTSD, only 4% met full diagnostic criteria for the disorder.

Common symptoms included nightmares, avoidance of reminders of the event, and elevated heart rate and blood pressure.

The authors stated: “While most people think of PTSD as a disorder of combat veterans and sexual assault