Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths. According to a study released in the medical journal, Circulation, there may be a link between PTSD and cardiovascular disease in women. The study followed almost 50,000 women over the course of several years ,who were asked to report any cardiovascular incidents to occur within this period. The women were between the ages of 25-42 years old. The women were also screened for traumatic exposure and symptoms related to PTSD. PTSD occurs twice as much to women as it does to men. The results showed that those with exposure to trauma, without the symptoms of PTSD are still 45% more likely to have suffer from heart attack or stroke than those who have no exposure to trauma. Even worse, those who show the most amount of PTSD symptoms are 60% more likely to suffer from heart attack or stroke than the women who don’t have trauma exposure. This does not prove without a doubt a cause and effect relationship. It may be that those with PTSD symptoms engage in more activities that are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Risk factors include smoking, excessive alcohol use, poor diet, and inactivity. These are all things that could easily result from the distress of those with PTSD. Either way, it’s important to take this information to light and inform women about the risks and symptoms associated with these two serious problems that American women face.