Air pollution may be associated with mortality in patients after undergoing a heart transplant, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
“We carried out this large analysis of heart transplant recipients in the United States and showed a linear relationship between ambient air pollution and mortality,” Sadeer G. Al-Kindi, MD, cardiologist at Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, told Healio. “This relationship appears qualitatively stronger that those seen in other less susceptible populations and raises the possibility of increased interaction between heart transplant status and air pollution. The relationship between air pollution and mortality continued despite adjustment for various recipient and donor characteristics.”
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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