Title: Lessons learned about stress and the heart after major earthquakes
Date: July 5, 2019
This paper is a follow up to Dr. Robert Kloner’s previous work on the effect of the Northridge earthquake as a trigger of cardiovascular events. This new paper published in the American Heart Journal this week reviews thirteen major earthquakes world-wide and describes the types of cardiac events that have been associated with the emotional stress of an earthquake. There is no question that the stress of an earthquake can contribute to sudden death, heart attacks, heart failure, and high blood pressure. Our analysis helps to show the way in which perception of an event by the brain can affect the heart (the brain heart connection).