Effect of the great east Japan earthquake on cardiovascular diseases - Report from the 10 hospitals in the disaster area

Tatsuo Aoki, Jun Takahashi, Yoshihiro Fukumoto, Satoshi Yasuda, Kenta Ito, Satoshi Miyata, Tsuyoshi Shinozaki, Kanichi Inoue, Tetsuo Yagi, Tatsuya Komaru, Yoshiaki Katahira, Atsushi Obata, Tetsuya Hiramoto, Hiroyasu Sukegawa, Kazunori Ogata, Hiroaki Shimokawa

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Abstract

Background: We reported an increased occurrence of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) after the Great East Japan Earthquake by examining ambulance records, but it had to be confirmed by cardiologists. Methods and Results: We enrolled patients admitted to the cardiology department of the 10 hospitals in the disaster area from 4 weeks prior to 15 weeks after March 11 in the years 2008-2011 (n=14,078). The weekly occurrence of several CVDs, including heart failure (HF), pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) and infectious endocarditis (IE), was sharply and significantly increased after the Earthquake. Conclusions: The Disaster caused significantly increases in the occurrence of HF, PTE and IE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-493
Number of pages4
JournalCirculation Journal
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Disasters
  • Great east japan earthquake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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