Circulation Journal
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Predictors and Prognostic Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder After the Great East Japan Earthquake in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease
– Report From the CHART-2 Study –
Takeo OnoseKotaro NochiokaYasuhiko SakataMasanobu MiuraSoichiro TadakiRyoichi UshigomeTakeshi YamauchiKenjiro SatoKanako TsujiRuri AbeSatoshi MiyataJun TakahashiHiroaki Shimokawaon behalf of the CHART-2 Investigators
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2015 Volume 79 Issue 3 Pages 664-667

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Background:We examined the prevalence, predictors and prognostic impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the Great East Japan Earthquake in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the CHART-2 study.Methods and Results:The prevalence of PTSD was 14.7% at 6 months after the Earthquake. Female sex, experiencing the Tsunami, property loss, poverty, and insomnia medication use were associated with PTSD. The patients with PTSD more frequently experienced a composite of death, acute myocardial infarction, stroke and heart failure (18.5% vs. 15.0%, P=0.035).Conclusions:PTSD was frequent in CVD patients after the Earthquake and had an adverse prognostic impact. (Circ J 2015; 79: 664–667)

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