Long-term Exposure to Black Carbon and atherosclerosis

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Long-term Exposure to Black Carbon and atherosclerosis

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:36 pm

Long-term Exposure to Black Carbon and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness: The Normative Aging Study
Wilker et al
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Background: Evidence suggests that air pollution is associated with atherosclerosis and that traffic-related particles are a particularly important contributor to the association.

Objectives: We investigated the association between long-term exposure to black carbon, a correlate of traffic particles, and intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery (CIMT) in elderly men residing in the greater Boston area.

Methods: We estimated 1-year average exposure to black carbon at the home address of Normative Aging Study participants before their first CIMT measurement. The association between estimated black carbon levels and CIMT was estimated using mixed effects models to account for repeated outcome measures. In secondary analyses, we examined whether living close to a major road or average daily traffic within 100 meters of residence was associated with CIMT.

Results: There were 380 (97% self-reported white race) participants with an initial visit between 2004 and 2008. Two or three follow-up CIMT measurements 1.5 years apart were available for 340 (89%) and 260 (68%) men, respectively. At first examination, average age was 76 ± 6.4 years and mean CIMT was 0.99 ± 0.18 mm. An IQR increase in 1-year average black carbon (0.26µg/m3) was associated with a 1.1% higher CIMT (95% CI: 0.4, 1.7%) based on a fully adjusted model.

Conclusions: Annual mean black carbon concentration based on spatially resolved exposure estimates was associated with CIMT in a population of elderly men. These findings support an association between long-term air pollution exposure and atherosclerosis.
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