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Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Atrial Fibrillation: The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study.

TitleEnvironmental Tobacco Smoke and Atrial Fibrillation: The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsO'Neal, WT, Qureshi, WT, Judd, SE, McClure, LA, Cushman, M, Howard, VJ, Howard, G, Soliman, EZ
JournalJ Occup Environ Med
Volume57
Issue11
Pagination1154-8
Date Published2015 Nov
ISSN1536-5948
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Atrial Fibrillation, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Prospective Studies, Risk Factors, Tobacco Smoke Pollution
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study examines the association between environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure and atrial fibrillation (AF).METHODS: We examined the cross-sectional association between ETS exposure and AF in 12,021 participants (mean age: 65 ± 9.9 years; 60% women; 40% blacks) from the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke study who self-identified as never smokers between 2003 and 2007.RESULTS: A total of 2503 (21%) participants reported ETS exposure. In a multivariate logistic regression model adjusted for sociodemographics and potential confounders, ETS exposure was significantly associated with AF (odds ratio = 1.27, 95% confidence interval = 1.08, 1.50).CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that the harmful effects of ETS exposure extend to sustained arrhythmias such as AF.

DOI10.1097/JOM.0000000000000565
Alternate JournalJ. Occup. Environ. Med.
PubMed ID26539762
PubMed Central IDPMC4636018
Grant ListU01 NS041588 / NS / NINDS NIH HHS / United States