Health & Wellbeing     May 31, 2016

The Stress of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

Today we have two Blogs, but they are both related to heart conditions. The first relates to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how its linked to sufferers of a heart attack and stroke victims. Post Traumatic Stress is often associated with people who have suffered a severe traumatic event and is common in victims of assault. However, research out today concludes that an estimated 300,000 stroke and heart attack survivors will develop PTSD as a result of their health scare. That’s 25% of sufferers developing PTSD within a year of the triggering event. To further add angst and suggesting a perpetual cycle of complications, further evidence suggests that sufferers of PTSD have double the chance of suffering a heart attack and death within three years. This points to the fact that if you have developed PTSD as a result of a heart attack or stroke, your risk of a reoccurrence rises significantly.

Common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress are:

  • High Blood pressure
  • Nightmares
  • High heart rate
  • Avoidance of reminders of the event.

Chronic PTSD is classed when the above symptoms last for over three months After suffering a traumatic event, it is natural to have feelings of anxiety, anger, guilt and depression. Apparently, scientists have narrowed the cause of this down to the gene Opr11 that gets altered after a traumatic situation. However, it’s if these deep seated feelings continue to surface that we may be at risk of Post Traumatic Stress. As with anything, a problem shared is a problem halved and so talking about how we are feeling with a close family member or friend may really help to alleviate such feelings. You may also benefit from having a chat with your GP, who may be able to refer you to a counsellor for some sessions of therapy.

Other treatments for PSTD include:

  • Trauma based cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Medication
  • EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

It’s clear after suffering a serious episode in our lives, getting help will massively aid us in preventing further medical complications such as a heart attack or stroke. Many individuals who have suffered a heart attack or stroke have opted to use a Telecare service to lessen the anxiety of suffering a further attack. Having a careline alarm service installed at home means that if a person starts to experience any kind of symptoms they can just reach for their pendant and summon immediate help. A Telecare24 alarm is a very low cost way of providing that re assurance that will go a long way to reducing further stress and therefore reducing the risk PTSD.

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