Derangement of heart rate variability during a catastrophic earthquake: a possible mechanism for increased heart attacks.

@article{Lin2001DerangementOH,
  title={Derangement of heart rate variability during a catastrophic earthquake: a possible mechanism for increased heart attacks.},
  author={Lung-chun Lin and Chia Chang Wu and Yu Bao Liu and Ya-Chi Ho and C S Liau and Young Lee},
  journal={Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE},
  year={2001},
  volume={24 11},
  pages={1596-601}
}
At 1:47 AM on September 21, 1999, the middle part of Taiwan was struck by a major earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale. It has been shown that the mental stress caused by an earthquake could lead to a short- or long-term increase in frequency of cardiac death probably through activation of the sympathetic nervous system. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of emotional stress on the autonomic system during an actual earthquake. Fifteen patients receiving a 24-hour… CONTINUE READING

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