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Circ J. 2013;77(2):490-3. Epub 2013 Jan 18.

Effect of the Great East Japan Earthquake on cardiovascular diseases--report from the 10 hospitals in the disaster area.

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Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.

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.

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23328448
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