Autonomic and Vascular Mechanisms of Cardiovascular Risk in Women with Post-traumatic Stress-Disorder (PTSD)


Having PTSD is associated with a higher risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), which presents a major health risk for women, who are twice as likely as men to develop PTSD. The purpose of this study is to learn more about the mechanisms behind the relationship between PTSD and increased cardiovascular risk. Ultimately, our goal is to use the knowledge gained from this research study to help develop intervention and treatment strategies to protect the cardiovascular health of women with PTSD.

I'm interested

18 years and over
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:

• female
• 18 years and older
• pre-menopausal
• must have experienced a past trauma, with or without PTSD Diagnosis
Exclusion Criteria:

• pregnant or breastfeeding
• severe traumatic brain injury
• hypertension
• diabetes
• heart disease
• vascular disease
• illicit drug use within the past 6-months prior to participation
• inability or unwillingness to abstain from nicotine use for at least 12 hours prior to Study Visits 2 & 3

Mental Health & Addiction, Women's Health

Cardiovascular, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, female, women

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Ida-Arlaine Fonkoue