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The impact of winter cold weather on acute myocardial infarctions in Portugal.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23410618     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
João Vasconcelos; Elisabete Freire; Ricardo Almendra; Giovani L Silva; Paula Santana
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2013-02-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)     Volume:  183     ISSN:  1873-6424     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Pollut.     Publication Date:  2013 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-10-07     Completed Date:  2013-12-26     Revised Date:  2014-05-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804476     Medline TA:  Environ Pollut     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Climate Change
Cold Temperature / adverse effects*
Environmental Exposure / statistics & numerical data*
Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
Myocardial Infarction / epidemiology*
Portugal / epidemiology
Comment In:
Environ Pollut. 2014 Jun;189:252-3   [PMID:  24721185 ]

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