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BMC Public Health

, 11:71

First Online: 01 February 2011Received: 16 June 2010Accepted: 01 February 2011DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-11-71

Cite this article as: Kunnas, T., Solakivi, T., Renko, J. et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11: 71. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-11-71

Abstract

BackgroundWartime stress has been associated with increased late-life mortality of all causes of death. We evaluated whether wounded Finnish World War II veterans who were alive at the age of 55 have increased long-term coronary heart disease CHD mortality.

MethodsHealth survey data were recorded in 1980 from 667 men, aged 55 years. Of them 102 had been wounded or injured in action during 1939-1945. The remaining participants served as the comparison group. The death certificates during a 28-year follow-up were obtained from the national statistics centre. Statistical comparisons were done by Cox proportional hazard regression model.

ResultsThere were altogether 140 deaths from CHD. In men who had been wounded or injured in action the crude CHD mortality rate per 10,000 population was 2843, while in the comparison group the corresponding figure was 1961. Men who had been wounded or injured in action were 1.7 times 95% CI 1.1-2.5; p = 0.01 more likely to die from CHD than the comparison group.

ConclusionsPhysical trauma at young adulthood may extend to lifelong effects on health. This study suggests that being physically wounded or injured in war may lead to increased CHD mortality in late adulthood in a Finnish population.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-11-71 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Tarja Kunnas - Tiina Solakivi - Jaana Renko - Anne Kalela - Seppo T Nikkari

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