PTSD may raise post-surgery death risk

Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder face an increased risk for dying after surgery (non-cardiac, non-emergency), even if the surgery is performed years after they have completed their service, according to researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. One year after surgery, the death rate among men with PTSD was 25 percent higher than for those without PTSD, highlighting the need to consider treatments to help reduce risk in the veteran PTSD population.

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