Study: Disease-related deaths surged after 3/11 — Heart unable to pump enough blood around body (See also: Cesium-137 not slow acting, immediately damages heart muscle)

Published: August 29th, 2012 at 12:11 pm ET
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Title: Japan Earthquake Spurred Jump in Heart Ailments: Study
Source:  Bloomberg
Author: By Kristen Hallam
Date: Aug 28, 2012 8:32 AM ET

The earthquake that spawned a tsunami and a nuclear crisis in Japan last year also spurred an increase in heart-related ailments and pneumonia, according to a study.

The weekly figures for heart failure, the inability of the muscle to pump enough blood around the body, and pneumonia jumped soon after the earthquake, according to Japanese researchers [...] The result was sustained for more than six weeks after the tsunami struck, compared with the previous three years, they said.

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When an aftershock of magnitude 7.0 hit on April 7, 2011, there was another jump in cases of stroke and cardiopulmonary arrest, the study found.

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While a short-term increase in cases of cardiovascular illnesses has been reported with previous earthquakes, the new study is the first to examine the longer-term effects on heart health, the researchers said. The data also provide the first evidence that the incidence of heart failure rose over a long period after the disaster, they said.

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Hiroaki Shimokawa, Lead Researcher for Study

  • “The occurrence of heart failure and pneumonia significantly increased, then gradually went down to the previous level, though pneumonia took almost three months to go down”
  • Cases of stroke, cardiopulmonary arrest and acute coronary syndrome, or symptoms of a blocked coronary artery such as a heart attack, also increased

h/t Kevin Meyerson

Title: Disease-related deaths surge in Miyagi Pref.
Source: Jiji Press
Date: Aug 29, 2012

Disease-related deaths surge in Miyagi Pref.

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The increase can be attributed to disaster-related stress and the use of water polluted by the tsunami, according to the survey by a team led by Prof. Hiroaki Shimokawa.

The team also cited a lack of routine medication and the continued consumption of salty preserved food.

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In 2011, there were more patients for heart failure, stroke, cardiac arrest and pneumonia than in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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h/t Enformable

See also: Not Just Cancer: "How Low Doses Of Radiation Can Cause Heart Disease And Stroke"

Published: August 29th, 2012 at 12:11 pm ET
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22 comments to Study: Disease-related deaths surged after 3/11 — Heart unable to pump enough blood around body (See also: Cesium-137 not slow acting, immediately damages heart muscle)

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    .."though pneumonia took almost three months to go down”.

    Errrm, not really. According to the Infectious Disease Surveillance Center, the cases of Mycoplasma pneumonia are higher today than one year ago. Usually, the chart gets updated every week. Now, there hasn't been an update for 3 weeks.
    http://idsc.nih.go.jp/idwr/kanja/weeklygraph/18myco-e.html

    Chlamydia pneumonia doesn't look too good, either:
    http://idsc.nih.go.jp/idwr/kanja/weeklygraph/19chlamy-e.html


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  • ITSNOTABANANA

    hmm… I hate to throw the idea out there, but,

    The only real explanation I can come up with for the ~6% decrease in electricity demand this summer in Japan can possibly be attributed to a ~6% decrease in consumers there… If the Japanese government and Tepco would be at all forthcoming with current and accurate data pertaining to the true devastation this disaster has caused so far, the world would have a better understanding of the fate these atomic abuses lead us all toward… Truly a despicable demise for every living thing on Earth…


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "The realities of life as a child of Chernobyl are harsh indeed. Their developing bodies are keen to absorb nutrients to aid growth, so their cells unwittingly take in huge quantities of radioactive material. And since some of the Chernobyl disaster’s byproducts mimic essential minerals like calcium, these poor kids’ bodies have absorbed the poison by the bucketload, thinking that it’s doing them good."

    Known as 'Chernobyl Heart':

    http://www.chernobylheart.org.uk/the-condition.php

    Chernobyl Heart, the movie:

    "In Belarus, only 15-20% of babies are born healthy. Roche comforts children who are born with multiple holes in their heart, a condition known in Belarus as “Chernobyl heart.”"

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/chernobyl-heart/

    Now we are seeing what will be known as 'Fukushima Heart'.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      How's this update of the above?

      "The realities of life as a child of Japan are harsh indeed. Their developing bodies are keen to absorb nutrients to aid growth, so their cells unwittingly take in huge quantities of radioactive material. And since some of the Fukushima disaster’s byproducts mimic essential minerals like calcium, these poor kids’ bodies have absorbed the poison by the bucketload, thinking that it’s doing them good."

      Next, substitute 'Canada and the US' in place of 'Japan'. Coming very soon.


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      • hbjon hbjon

        Really? Have we not prepared? Have we not discovered a way to mitigate the health effects? Have we not determined the threat after a year and a half? Have we not rang enough alarm bells?


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        • BringoutYourDead

          " Have we not prepared? "

          Your joking correct? We humans prepare for what's coming on TV, the new season is just right around the corner. What were you thinking?


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          • hbjon hbjon

            Silly me. I keep thinking we live in a just, honest, and civil society. Back when my ancestors helped settle the rugged northern plains the church would tell them what they need to know. As well as the newspapers. Boil your water. Sterilize jars properly. Soak the Lutefisk in water to remove the Lye. See there? Sven and Ole can remove the lye but not the plutonium. Oh no. We're gonna see a problem at Christmas time.


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  • razzz razzz

    There is no cure for radiation exposure, it has short term effects and long term effects. If a group of kids have been testing at 5% for thyroid nodules then all of sudden test 35%, they at least deserve to be observed and biopsied for benign or malignant growths but it seems easier to turn patients away at the medical doors than deal with realities of nuclear fallout.

    People could try and take massive doses of calcium supplements hoping to displace radioactive calcium isotopes in their bodies and maybe hope other radioactive particles bind to the supplement for excretion from the body but you have to add hope and prayer. Many other radioactive elements to worry about.

    How you stop an emitter from cutting your genetic code in half and ruining possible future generations is after the fact you have been exposed, better it never happened in the first place.


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  • philipupnorth

    Any of you math wizzards on ENEnews up for a project? I'd like to see the radiation levels in prefectures adjacent to Fuku over time, side by side with the number of cases and deaths associated with heart ailments and pneumonia over time. Graph the two to show the causal correlation. Be a great masters degree level thesis. "Water polluted by the tsumani", my ass.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Cesium is all over the northern hemisphere, straight from nuclear reactors, Fukushima and Chernobyl. Not to mention all the plutonium. In your lunch and dinner today, unfortunately.


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    • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

      Every time I hear the phrase, "Natural background radiation", I think of this video and the madmen behind it's legacy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLCF7vPanrY


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      • kalidances

        I loathe the "natural background radiation" theory as much as the "banana" theory.

        So if humans are taking a dose of one banana's worth of radiation every hour each day for the last 19 months uninterrupted that's over 12 thousand "bananas" in their systems; on top of everything else that has to be dealt with.


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      • BringoutYourDead

        Cool video, thank you. It sure makes you wonder what the back ground rads were pre 1940.

        Maybe someday an adult with one eye, and half a brain will show up, and remove the dangerous toys from our hands. Not that it would do much good, we'd just spend all our time trying to figure out how to blow them up.


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  • Its a weird story. They attribute the pneumonia, heart disease etc on the natural disaster. Stress poor diet etc etc. Then they just throw out the fact that they think that the Fukushima fallout may be worse then predicted. That should be a separate article. We're just being played. On both sides of the Pacific.


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  • arclight arclight

    looks like the resettlement of the victims of the mayak has been a shambles…. they have been ripped off!

    will the same happen in japan?

    Residents struggle with nuclear past in Siberian village (2 VIDEOS)

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/08/30/residents-struggle-with-nuclear-past-in-siberian-village-2-videos/

    peace


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