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Keimyung Medical Journal 1996;15(3):244-252.
Change of Cardiovascular Disease of Adults according to Echocardiographic Diagnosis
심초음파검사에 의한 최근 15년간의 심혈관질환의 변화
신경목; 김윤년; 허승호; 김권배; 김기식; 김경환
The improvement of nutritional status; the change of life style; and medical progress have changed the pattern of cardiovascular disease. There were many epidemiologic studies on cardiovascular disease in 1970s and 1980s; but rare in recent years in Korea. The purpose of this study was to investigate the recent change of the cardiovascular disease by examining of the echocardiographic diagnosis of these 15 years. Echocardiog?raphy data of 23;339 successive cases that were done at Keimyung University Dongsan Hospital; from January 1981 to December 1995 were reviewed and classified into twelve disease group and a normal group. Major findings of this study were as follows: The mean age of patients who received echocardiogram tended to increase by more than 10 years through this period. The frequency of ischemic heart disease; hypertensive heart disease; and arrhythmia had increased throughout the period; and adult congenital heart disease; valvular heart disease; infective endocarditis; pericardial disease were of decreasing tendency in relative frequency of cardiovascular area. Frequency of cardiovascular disease; such as hypertension; ischemic heart disease; was higher in female than in male. The mean ages of each cardiovascular disease group were increasing except ischemic heart disease and cor pulmonale. On consideration of above findings; the detailed epidemiologic study for cardiovascular diseases might be recommended; and now; we should plan for the effective management of ischemic heart disease and hypertensive heart disease that are increasing in these years.
Key Words: Cardiovascular disease, Epidemiology, Echocardiography
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