A commonly prescribed group of drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), is now being studied by doctors to see how it affects heart health in a specific population.
The group in question is middle-aged people who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder which causes someone to experience an unusually high amount of distress after an emotionally disruptive event. Survivors of war, victims of sexual abuse, and people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one are all susceptible to developing PTSD because of the tragic nature of the events they have experienced.
For some people with PTSD, medication can provide relief from some of the most debilitating symptoms of the illness (e.g., the heightened sense of anxiety which is often present in non-dangerous settings).
SSRIs are also prescribed to some people who have depression, but there is no mention of whether the class of drugs has a similarly positive effect on that population.
So far, the study is showing that the veterans who take SSRIs for post-traumatic stress disorder are less likely than other people with PTSD who do not take the drugs.
You can find a more detailed explanation of the study by visiting the link here: