TitleExposure to ambient air pollution and the incidence of congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction: A population-based study of 5.1 million Canadian adults living in Ontario.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBai, L, Shin, S, Burnett, RT, Kwong, JC, Hystad, P, van Donkelaar, A, Goldberg, MS, Lavigne, E, Copes, R, Martin, RV, Kopp, A, Chen, H
JournalEnviron Int
Volume132
Pagination105004
Date Published08/2019
ISSN1873-6750
Abstract
 

Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution has been linked to cardiovascular mortality, but the associations with incidence of major cardiovascular diseases are not fully understood, especially at low concentrations. We aimed to investigate the associations between exposure to fine particulate matter (PM), nitrogen dioxide (NO), ozone (O), redox-weighted average of NO and O (O) and incidence of congestive heart failure (CHF) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Our study population included all long-term residents aged 35-85 years who lived in Ontario, Canada, from 2001 to 2015 (~5.1 million). Incidence of CHF and AMI were ascertained from validated registries. We assigned estimates of annual concentrations of pollutants to the residential postal codes of subjects for each year during follow-up. We estimated hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% CIs for each pollutant separately using Cox proportional hazards models. We examined the shape of concentration-response associations using shape-constrained health impact functions. From 2001 to 2015, there were 422,625 and 197,628 incident cases of CHF and AMI, respectively. In the fully adjusted analyses, the HRs of CHF corresponding to each interquartile range increase in exposure were 1.05 (95% CI: 1.04-1.05) for PM, 1.02 (95% CI: 1.01-1.04) for NO, 1.03 (95% CI: 1.02-1.03) for O, and 1.02 (95% CI: 1.02-1.03) for O respectively. Similarly, exposure to PM, O, and O were positively associated with AMI. The concentration-response relationships were different for individual pollutant and outcome combinations (e.g., for PM the relationship was supralinear with CHF, and linear with AMI).

DOI10.1016/j.envint.2019.105004
Alternate JournalEnviron Int
PubMed ID31387019