Journal article

Association of ambient particulate matter with heart failure incidence and all-cause readmissions in Tasmania: an observational study

Quan L Huynh, Christopher Leigh Blizzard, Thomas H Marwick, Kazuaki Negishi

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate the relationship between air quality and heart failure (HF) incidence and rehospitalisation to elucidate whether there is a threshold in this relationship and whether this relationship differs for HF incidence and rehospitalisation. METHODS: This retrospective observational study was performed in an Australian state-wide setting, where air pollution is mainly associated with wood-burning for winter heating. Data included all 1246 patients with a first-ever HF hospitalisation and their 3011 subsequent all-cause readmissions during 2009-2012. Daily particulate matter <2.5 µm (PM2.5), temperature, relative humidity and influenza infection were recorded. Pois..

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