Nightmares that occurred twice a week or more were linked with cardiovascular disease in relatively young military veterans, even after controlling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a cross-sectional study showed.

Frequent distressing dreams were associated with hypertension (OR 1.51, 95% CI 1.28-1.78), heart problems (OR 1.50, 95% CI 1.11-2.02), and myocardial infarction (OR 2.32, 95% CI 1.18-4.54), after adjusting for age, race, and sex, reported Christi Ulmer, PhD, of the Durham VA Health Services Research and Development ADAPT Center and Duke University Medical Center, both in North Carolina.

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