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The impact of winter cold weather on acute myocardial infarctions in Portugal.
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PMID:  23410618     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Mortality due to cardiovascular diseases shows a seasonal trend that can be associated with cold weather. Portugal is the European country with the highest excess winter mortality, but nevertheless, the relationship between cold weather and health is yet to be assessed. The main aim of this study is to identify the contribution of cold weather to cardiovascular diseases within Portugal. Poisson regression analysis based on generalized additive models was applied to estimate the influence of a human-biometeorological index (PET) on daily hospitalizations for myocardial infarction. The main results revealed a negative effect of cold weather on acute myocardial infarctions in Portugal. For every degree fall in PET during winter, there was an increase of up to 2.2% (95% CI = 0.9%; 3.3%) in daily hospital admissions. This paper shows the need for public policies that will help minimize or, indeed, prevent exposure to cold.
Authors:
João Vasconcelos; Elisabete Freire; Ricardo Almendra; Giovani L Silva; Paula Santana
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-6424     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Pollut.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
ESTM - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, 2520-641 Peniche, Portugal; CIAUD - Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Pólo Universitário do Alto da Ajuda, 1300-477 Lisboa, Portugal; CEGOT - Centro de Estudos em Geografia e Ordenamento do Território, Faculdade de Letras, Colégio S. Jerónimo, 3004-530 Coimbra, Portugal. Electronic address: j.vasconcelos@ipleiria.pt.
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