Earthquake and coronary heart disease risk factors: A longitudinal study

M. Trevisan, F. Jossa, E. Farinaro, V. Krogh, S. Panico, D. Giumetti, M. Mancini

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The longitudinal association between a number of coronary heart disease risk factors and the experience of a natural disaster (earthquake) was analyzed in a group of workers participating in a longitudinal epidemiologic investigation. The 5-year follow-up examination was interrupted by a major earthquake, and examinations were resumed 2 weeks after the quake. Participants screened after the quake had, on average, higher heart rates, serum cholesterol, and triglycerides than participants examined before the quake; these differences were independent from the coronary heart disease risk factor values measured 5 years previously during the baseline examination. The data collected during the 12-year examination indicated that the observed short-term increase in serum lipids and heart rate was not present long-term (7 years after the quake). These longitudinal data indicate that exposure to a natural disaster can be associated with short-term increases in heart rate, serum cholesterol, and triglycerides but that there is no apparent long-term effect on these coronary heart disease risk factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-637
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • coronary disease
  • disasters
  • earthquakes
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Trevisan, M., Jossa, F., Farinaro, E., Krogh, V., Panico, S., Giumetti, D., & Mancini, M. (1992). Earthquake and coronary heart disease risk factors: A longitudinal study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 135(6), 632-637.