Cardiovascular disease after natural disasters

A study published (September 2017) in the Lancet Planetary Health by Teng et al (University of Otago) examined the incidence of heart attacks by residents in Christchurch, New Zealand after the devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. This publication used the ratio of heart events with housing damage (with insurance data).

Older residents with significant property damage suffered 25% more cardiovascular-related deaths and had significantly higher rates of hospital admissions for heart issues. (The study found no increased risk after one year.)