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Height is not associated with long-term survival after acute myocardial infarction.
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PMID:  11685174     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Studies show an inverse association between height and risk of myocardial infarction. How height affects survival after acute myocardial infarction is uncertain. METHODS: In the Determinants of Myocardial Infarction Onset Study, trained interviewers performed chart reviews and face-to-face interviews with 1935 patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction in 45 US medical centers between 1989 and 1993. We excluded 15 patients with missing information on height. After a search of the National Death Index for patients who died before 1996, we analyzed the relationship of height and survival with Cox proportional hazards regression. RESULTS: Of the 1920 eligible patients, 317 (17%) died during a median follow-up of 3.8 years. Height was positively associated with younger age, greater educational attainment, and a lower likelihood of being sedentary among both men and women. Height was not associated with long-term survival among women in unadjusted or adjusted analyses. Among men, height was associated with survival only in unadjusted analyses; adjustment for age eliminated this association. We found no relationship between height and survival in any individual age group among men or women. CONCLUSIONS: Although stature may be associated with the risk of acute myocardial infarction, it is not associated with long-term survival after such an event.
K J Mukamal; M Maclure; J B Sherwood; J P Kannam; J E Muller; M A Mittleman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American heart journal     Volume:  142     ISSN:  1097-6744     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. Heart J.     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-30     Completed Date:  2002-01-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370465     Medline TA:  Am Heart J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  852-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Divisions of General Medicine and Primary Care and Cardiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Age Factors
Body Height*
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis,  mortality*
Proportional Hazards Models
Sex Factors
Survival Analysis
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