Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cardiovascular disease (CVD), and Alzheimer disease are major public health issues, particularly for women. The implications of PTSD for cardiovascular and brain health for women is poorly understood.

To assess whether PTSD symptoms among midlife women are associated with carotid intima media thickness (IMT), an indicator of carotid atherosclerosis; brain white matter hyperintensity volume (WMHV), an indicator of brain small vessel disease; and cognitive performance and to test a modifying role of the APOEε4 genotype.

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