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Arterial Blood Pressure and Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution : An Analysis in the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE)

By Kateryna B. Fuks, Gudrun Weinmayr, Maria Foraster, Julia Dratva, Regina Hampel, Danny Houthuijs, Bente Oftedal, Anna Oudin, Sviatlana Panasevich, Johanna Penell, Johan N. Sommar, Mette Sorensen, Pekka Tiittanen, Kathrin Wolf, Wei W. Xun, Inmaculada Aguilera, Xavier Basagana, Rob Beelen, Michiel L. Bots, Bert Brunekreef, H. Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, Barbara Caracciolo, Marta Cirach, Ulf de Faire, Audrey de Nazelle, Marloes Eeftens, Roberto Elosua, Raimund Erbel, Bertil Forsberg, Laura Fratiglioni, Jean-Michel Gaspoz, Agneta Hilding, Antti Jula, Michal Korek, Ursula Kraemer, Nino Kuenzli, Timo Lanki, Karin Leander, Patrik K. E. Magnusson, Jaume Marrugat, Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, Claes-Goeran Oestenson, Nancy L. Pedersen, Goeran Pershagen, Harish C. Phuleria, Nicole M. Probst-Hensch, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen, Emmanuel Schaffner, Tamara Schikowski, Christian Schindler, Per E. Schwarze, Anne J. Sogaard, Dorothea Sugiri, Wim J. R. Swart, Ming-Yi Tsai, Anu W. Turunen, Paolo Vineis, Annette Peters and Barbara Hoffmann


BACKGROUND: Long-term exposure to air pollution has been hypothesized to elevate arterial blood pressure (BP). The existing evidence is scarce and country specific. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the cross-sectional association of long-term traffic-related air pollution with BP and prevalent hyper-tension in European populations. METHODS: We analyzed 15 population-based cohorts, participating in the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects (ESCAPE). We modeled residential exposure to particulate matter and nitrogen oxides with land use regression using a uniform protocol. We assessed traffic exposure with traffic indicator variables. We analyzed systolic and diastolic BP in participants medicated and nonmedicated with BP-lowering medication (BPLM) separately, adjusting for personal and area-level risk factors and environmental noise. Prevalent hyper-tension was defined as >= 140 mmHg systolic BP, or >= 90 mmHg diastolic BP, or intake of BPLM. We combined cohort-specific results using random-effects meta-analysis. RESULTS: In the main meta-analysis of 113,926 participants, traffic load on major roads within 100 m of the residence was associated with increased systolic and diastolic BP in nonmedicated participants [0.35 mmHg (95% CI: 0.02, 0.68) and 0.22 mmHg (95% CI: 0.04, 0.40) per 4,000,000 vehicles x m/day, respectively]. The estimated odds ratio (OR) for prevalent hyper-tension was 1.05 (95% CI: 0.99, 1.11) per 4,000,000 vehicles x m/day. Modeled air pollutants and BP were not clearly associated. CONCLUSIONS: In this first comprehensive meta-analysis of European population-based cohorts, we observed a weak positive association of high residential traffic exposure with BP in nonmedicated participants, and an elevated OR for prevalent hyper-tension. The relationship of modeled air pollutants with BP was inconsistent

Year: 2014
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