Short-term exposure to air pollutants increases the risk of ST elevation myocardial infarction and of infarct-related ventricular arrhythmias and mortality

Jordi Bañeras, Ignacio Ferreira-González, Josep Ramon Marsal, José A. Barrabés, Aida Ribera, Rosa Maria Lidón, Enric Domingo, Gerard Martí, David García-Dorado

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Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier Ireland Ltd Background The relation between STEMI and air pollution (AP) is scant. We aimed to investigate the short term association between AP and the incidence of STEMI, and STEMI-related ventricular arrhythmias (VA) and mortality. Methods The study was carried out in the area of Barcelona from January 2010 to December 2011. Daily STEMI rates and incidence of STEMI-related VA and mortality were obtained prospectively. The corresponding daily levels of the main pollutants were recorded as well as the atmospheric variables. Three cohorts were defined in order to minimize exposure bias. The magnitude of association was estimated using a time-series design and was adjusted according to atmospheric variables. Results The daily rate of hospital admissions for STEMI was associated with increases in PM 2.5, PM 10, lead and NO2 concentrations. VA incidence and mortality were associated with increases in PM 2.5 and PM 10 concentrations. In the most specific cohort, BCN (Barcelona) Attended & Resident, STEMI incidence was associated with increases in PM 2.5 (1.009% per 10 μg/m3) and PM 10 concentrations (1.005% per 10 μg/m3). VA was associated with increases in PM 2.5 (1.021%) and PM 10 (1.015%) and mortality was associated with increases in PM 2.5 (1.083%) and PM 10 (1.045%). Conclusions Short-term exposure to high levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 is associated with increased daily STEMI admissions and STEMI-related VA and mortality. Exposure to high levels of lead and NO2 is associated with increased daily STEMI admissions, and NO2 with higher mortality in STEMI patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Volume250
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Air pollution
  • PM 10
  • PM 2.5
  • ST elevation myocardial infarction
  • Ventricular arrhythmias

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