Long-term coarse particulate matter exposure and heart rate variability in the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis

Richa Adhikari, Jennifer D'Souza, Elsayed Z. Soliman, Gregory L. Burke, Martha L. Daviglus, David R. Jacobs, Sung Kyun Park, Lianne Sheppard, Peter S. Thorne, Joel D. Kaufman, Timothy V. Larson, Sara Dubowsky Adar

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Abstract

Background: reduced heart rate variability, a marker of impaired cardiac autonomic function, has been linked to short-term exposure to airborne particles. this research adds to the literature by examining associations with long-term exposures to coarse particles (PM10-2.5). Methods: Using electrocardiogram recordings from 2,780 participants (45-84 years) from three Multi-ethnic Study of atherosclerosis sites, we assessed the standard deviation of normal to normal intervals and root-mean square differences of successive normal to normal intervals at a baseline (2000-2002) and follow-up (2010-2012) examination (mean visits/person = 1.5). annual average concentrations of PM10-2.5 mass, copper, zinc, phosphorus, silicon, and endotoxin were estimated using site-specific spatial prediction models. We assessed associations for baseline heart rate variability and rate of change in heart rate variability over time using multivariable mixed models adjusted for time, sociodemographic, lifestyle, health, and neighborhood confounders, including copollutants. Results: in our primary models adjusted for demographic and lifestyle factors and site, PM10-2.5 mass was associated with 1.0% (95% confi-dence interval [ci]:-4.1, 2.1%) lower standard deviation of normal to normal interval levels per interquartile range of 2 μ g/m3. Stronger associations, however, were observed before site adjustment and with increasing residential stability. Similar patterns were found for rootmean square differences of successive normal to normal intervals. We found little evidence for associations with other chemical species and with the rate of change in heart rate variability, though endotoxin was associated with increasing heart rate variability over time. Conclusion: We found only weak evidence that long-term PM10-2.5 exposures are associated with lowered heart rate variability. Stronger associations among residentially stable individuals suggest that con-firmatory studies are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-413
Number of pages9
JournalEpidemiology
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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    Adhikari, R., D'Souza, J., Soliman, E. Z., Burke, G. L., Daviglus, M. L., Jacobs, D. R., Park, S. K., Sheppard, L., Thorne, P. S., Kaufman, J. D., Larson, T. V., & Adar, S. D. (2016). Long-term coarse particulate matter exposure and heart rate variability in the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Epidemiology, 27(3), 405-413. https://doi.org/10.1097/eDe.0000000000000455