Sandy’s Silent Victims: Heart Attacks Up

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -

There has been a spike in heart attacks and strokes in the New Jersey counties hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy in the two weeks after the storm, Rutgers University researchers say.

Researchers at Rutgers medical school compared the diseases and the deaths resulting from them in the two weeks after the 2012 storm with the same period in five previous years. They found a 22 percent increase in heart attacks and a 31 percent higher death rate for those patients within a month of being stricken.

The study says roadblocks may have caused delays in treatment and evacuations may also have caused people to skip taking medicine and alter diets.