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Occupational exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields and cardiovascular disease mortality in a prospective cohort study.
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PMID:  23322917     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: Although a study among utility workers found an increased risk for acute myocardial infarction and arrhythmia-related deaths associated with occupational extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF) exposure, later studies largely failed to replicate these findings. This study investigated the association between occupational ELF-MF exposure and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality within a community-based prospective cohort study. METHODS: The Netherlands Cohort Study is a prospective cohort study among 120 852 men and women aged 55-69 years at baseline. Participants were followed-up for CVD mortality over a period of 10 years, resulting in 8200 CVD deaths. Information on occupational history and potential confounders, such as educational level, smoking and alcohol use were collected at baseline through a self-administered questionnaire. Occupational ELF-MF exposure was assigned using a job-exposure matrix. Associations with CVD mortality were analysed using Cox regression. RESULTS: Ever low or high exposure to ELF-MF showed no association with total CVD mortality (HR of 1.02, 95% CI 0.99 to 1.06), nor with any cause-specific subtypes of CVD mortality. Other ELF-MF exposure metrics showed no increased risks either. CONCLUSIONS: In this study, we found no indication of an association between occupational ELF-MF exposure and risk of CVD mortality.
Tom Koeman; Pauline Slottje; Hans Kromhout; Leo J Schouten; R Alexandra Goldbohm; Piet A van den Brandt; Roel Vermeulen
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational and environmental medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1470-7926     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Environ Med     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422759     Medline TA:  Occup Environ Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Environmental Epidemiology Division, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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