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Impact of major earthquakes on the incidence of acute coronary syndromes – A systematic review of the literature.

By 29 Μαΐου 2018 10 Απριλίου, 2019 No Comments

Δημοσίευση στις 2018/5/29 στο PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29807192

Bazoukis G, Tse G, Naka KK, Kalfakakou V, Vlachos K, Saplaouras A, Letsas KP, Korantzopoulos P, Thomopoulos C, Michelongona P, Bazoukis X, González-Salvado V0, Liu T, Michalis LK, Baranchuk A, Itoh T, Efremidis M, Tsioufis C, Stavrakis S.

Abstract

Natural disasters such as tsunami, hurricanes, and earthquakes may have a negative impact on cardiac health. The aim of our systematic review is to evaluate the impact of earthquakes on the incidence of acute coronary syndromes and cardiac mortality and to examine the impact of the time of earthquakes on the incidence of acute coronary syndromes. MEDLINE and Cochrane databases were searched for studies assessing the impact of earthquakes on acute coronary syndromes from inception until December 20, 2017. Reference lists of all included studies and relevant review studies were also searched. A total of 26 studies on 12 earthquake disasters were included in the systematic review. The existing data show a significant negative impact of the Great East Japan, Christchurch, Niigata-Chuetsu, Northridge, Great Hanshin-Awaji, Sichuan, Athens, Armenia, and Noto Peninsula earthquakes on the incidence of acute coronary syndromes. By contrast, studies on the Newcastle, Loma Prieta, and Thessaloniki earthquakes did not show a significant correlation with myocardial infarction and cardiac mortality. In conclusion, earthquakes may be associated with increased incidence of acute coronary syndromes and cardiovascular mortality. There are conflicting data about the impact of the timing of earthquakes on the occurrence of acute coronary syndromes. Preventive measures to promote the adjustment of healthcare systems to treat cardiovascular diseases after natural disasters should be immediately implemented particularly in high-risk regions.

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