Graduate Trainee, Johns Hopkins University
1 active project
PTSD and cardiovascular health
Scientific Questions Being Studied
The purpose of this proposed study is to examine the association between lifetime Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and overall cardiovascular health, including prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). There is a growing amount of data that suggests a long-term relationship between PTSD and cardiovascular health, cardiovascular risk factors, risk for CVD events, and CVD prognosis. However, most studies investigated the association between PTSD and an individual CVD risk factor or behavior separately, and few studies investigated overall cardiovascular health. As a result, the evidence of the association between PTSD and overall cardiovascular health, including all major CVD risk factors and behaviors, has not been reported. Therefore, this study aims to answer if PTSD is related to increased overall cardiovascular risks.
- Disease Focused Research (PTSD and cardiovascular diseases)
For defining groups, we will use the ICD-10 codes for PTSD and CVD. We will also utilize some relevant variables to generate cardiovascular health, comprising four risk factors and behaviors. The overall cardiovascular score is the unweighted average of the 8 component metric scores, ranging from 0 to 100. For analysis, compare overall cardiovascular health scores between PTSD and non-PTSD groups.
This study would have a significant impact in terms of early identification and prevention of cardiovascular diseases occurring among people with lifetime PTSD. In addition, this study can facilitate further research regarding the underlying mechanisms between two conditions.
Demographic Categories of Interest
This study will not center on underrepresented populations.
Data Set UsedRegistered Tier
- Arum Lim - Graduate Trainee, Johns Hopkins University
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