Earthquake-induced cardiovascular disease and related risk factors in focusing on the great hanshin-awaji earthquake

Kazuomi Kario, Takefumi Matsuo, Kazunori Kayaba, Shigeru Soukejima, Sadanobu Kagamimori, Kazuyuki Shimada

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Abstract

The major earthquake increases cardiovascular disease during the period from night-time to morning, especially in the elderly patients living around the epicenter. Earthquake-induced stress increased BP and blood viscosity determinants, and enhanced fibrin turnover with endothelial cell stimulation in a group of hypertensive elderly subjects. Earthquake might trigger the cardiovascular events through the potentiation of these acute risk factors. Reduction of stress and related acute risk factors in this period may suppress cardiovascular deaths following a major earthquake. Further investigation of the mechanisms triggering cardiovascular events after the a major event such as a major earthquake is a necessary part of the strategy for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-139
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Epidemiology
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acute risk factor
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hanshin-awaji earthquake
  • Stroke

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