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Hypertension treatment status and ultrasonic cardiography findings in temporary housing residents after the Kumamoto earthquake: a cross-sectional study

Hidenori Onishi, Osamu Yamamura, Hiromasa Tsubouchi, Takeshi Hirobe, Souichi Enomoto, Tami Yamamoto, Satoshi Daitoku, Yasutaka Mizukami, Takahiro Kishimoto, Yutaka Kai, Youichirou Hashimoto, Tadanori Hamano, Bunji Kaku, Hidekazu Terasawa
DOI: 10.5603/AH.a2021.0010
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Arterial Hypertension 2021;25(2):69-76.

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Vol 25, No 2 (2021)
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Published online: 2021-06-02

Abstract

Background: We aimed to investigate and report the relationship between hypertension treatment status and cardiac functions among temporary housing residents after the Kumamoto earthquake.

Material and methods: Ultrasonic cardiography examinations were conducted for 56 residents at temporary housing complexes in Minami Aso village in Kumamoto Prefecture in December 2016. The subjects were divided into the following three groups according to the incidence of hypertension and the antihypertensive treatment status: normal (without hypertension), treated, and untreated. Subsequently, their cardiac functions were compared.

Results: Age and BMI were found to be positive predictors for hypertension. Moreover, age, LAVI, and LVMI tended to be higher in the untreated group than in the treated group. Moderate or severe mitral regurgitation was significantly more common in the untreated group than in the treated group.

Conclusions: Controlling blood pressure may help to prevent new cardiac diseases (e.g., valve regurgitation) among survivors after a major disaster. In addition, for survivors who are  severely affected by psychological stress, improving the mental stress support system may be an effective measure to reduce health problems.

Abstract

Background: We aimed to investigate and report the relationship between hypertension treatment status and cardiac functions among temporary housing residents after the Kumamoto earthquake.

Material and methods: Ultrasonic cardiography examinations were conducted for 56 residents at temporary housing complexes in Minami Aso village in Kumamoto Prefecture in December 2016. The subjects were divided into the following three groups according to the incidence of hypertension and the antihypertensive treatment status: normal (without hypertension), treated, and untreated. Subsequently, their cardiac functions were compared.

Results: Age and BMI were found to be positive predictors for hypertension. Moreover, age, LAVI, and LVMI tended to be higher in the untreated group than in the treated group. Moderate or severe mitral regurgitation was significantly more common in the untreated group than in the treated group.

Conclusions: Controlling blood pressure may help to prevent new cardiac diseases (e.g., valve regurgitation) among survivors after a major disaster. In addition, for survivors who are  severely affected by psychological stress, improving the mental stress support system may be an effective measure to reduce health problems.

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Keywords

Kumamoto earthquakes; temporary housing; ultrasonic cardiography; hypertension

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Title

Hypertension treatment status and ultrasonic cardiography findings in temporary housing residents after the Kumamoto earthquake: a cross-sectional study

Journal

Arterial Hypertension

Issue

Vol 25, No 2 (2021)

Article type

Original paper

Pages

69-76

Published online

2021-06-02

DOI

10.5603/AH.a2021.0010

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Arterial Hypertension 2021;25(2):69-76.

Keywords

Kumamoto earthquakes
temporary housing
ultrasonic cardiography
hypertension

Authors

Hidenori Onishi
Osamu Yamamura
Hiromasa Tsubouchi
Takeshi Hirobe
Souichi Enomoto
Tami Yamamoto
Satoshi Daitoku
Yasutaka Mizukami
Takahiro Kishimoto
Yutaka Kai
Youichirou Hashimoto
Tadanori Hamano
Bunji Kaku
Hidekazu Terasawa

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